Disabled Carnival cruise ship breaks from Alabama mooring; Worker missing

High winds likely to blame for Triumph becoming dislodged

MOBILE, Ala. - One person is reportedly missing after high winds in Mobile, Alabama, blew a guard shack into the water and caused the disabled cruise ship Carnival Triumph to break loose from its dock.

An official with the Mobile fire department says the missing man, which is a shipyard worker involved in the repair work on the ship, was in the small building with another guard. One man has been recovered from the water.

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The call to the Coast Guard came in at 1:45 p.m. CT. Reports state the ship has a hole on the right side of its stern.

Wind gusts reached up to 70 miles per hour Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.

Officials say the ship had been disabled for days in the Gulf of Mexico when it broke away from its moorings in a Mobile, Ala. shipyard.

Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen says the ship drifted and is resting against a cargo vessel. Gulliksen says tug boats and U.S. Coast Guard officials are on the scene.

The ship is secure and will be moved back across the river, Carnival said.

The Triumph was disabled Feb. 10 by an engine fire that stranded more than 4,200 people aboard for days in the Gulf. For four days, tugboats guided the disabled ship into the port as passengers complained about miserable conditions on board.

It has been docked in Alabama since being towed to port and was slated to be back in service after June 3.

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