The crippled cruise liner Carnival Triumph limps into port guided by tug boats February 14, 2013 in Mobile, Alabama. An engine fire on February 10 left the ship and its 4,000 passengers without power and with scarce food. While people onboard reported toilets that wouldn't work, the ship was restocked with food during the days it was being towed through the Gulf of Mexico. According to reports, a few dozen people awaited the ship's arrival in Mobile, covered live by cable news network CNN. (Phot
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Coast Guard official says the cause of the engine-room fire on the Carnival cruise ship Triumph was a leak in a fuel oil return line.
In a teleconference Monday, Cmdr. Teresa Hatfield estimated that the investigation of the disabled ship would take six months.
She said the Bahamas is leading the investigation, with the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board leading U.S. interests in the probe.
She said investigators have been with the ship since it arrived Thursday in Mobile, and interviews have been conducted with passengers and crew.
The ship left Galveston, Texas, on Feb. 7 for a four-day trip to Mexico. The fire paralyzed the ship Feb. 10, leaving it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico until tugboats towed it to Mobile.
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