Cursed Carnival Triumph Breaks Free of Moorings

Hurricane-force winds to blame in multiple accidents

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The Carnival Triumph cruise ship     Photo: Stephen B. Goodwin via Shutterstock

A 64-year-old shipyard worker is still missing after near hurricane-force gusts threw him and another man into the water at the Port of Mobile on Wednesday. They were in a security guard hut when winds reaching at least 66 mph blew the hut off the dock. The other worker was rescued from the 40-foot-deep waters.

Yesterday's high winds also broke loose the unlucky Carnival Triumph cruise ship, which was moored to a repair dock at the BAE Shipyard where the two men worked. It drifted free for several hours, suffering a gash in the stern after running into a cargo ship. Officials reported it secured at the Alabama Cruise Terminal last night. 

The Triumph made news in February when an engine fire disabled the ship and left passengers onboard to deal with backed-up toilets and limited food for four days.

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