Worker Missing After Cruise Ship Breaks Loose From Dock

By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran
By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran
CBS affiliate WKRG is reporting that the Carnival Triumph cruise ship has broken loose from the port and has drifted across the river. A shipyard worker is also reported to be missing and is the subject of a search by Coast Guard officials.

The cruise ship Carnival Triumph is pushed towards the cruise terminal along the Mobile River in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. / AP Photo/Dave Martin

MOBILE, ALA. CBS affiliate WKRG is reporting that the Carnival Triumph cruise ship has broken loose from the port and has drifted across the river. A shipyard worker is also reported to be missing and is the subject of a search by Coast Guard officials.

Petty Ofc. Second Class Bill Colclough said a crew is searching the Mobile River for the man. He went missing after the ship drifted from its mooring Wednesday afternoon. Colclough was unsure of where the worker was when the ship became dislodged.

The U.S. Coast Guard tweeted that high winds are likely to blame for the Triumph becoming dislodged. The National Weather Service reported winds between 35 and 65 mph blowing through the area. Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said the ship drifted and is resting against a cargo vessel.

Tow boats are on the scene working to move the ship back to BAE Ship Systems where it was undergoing repairs.

The ship has sustained some damage. There is a hole on the right side of the stern. Triumph has been in Mobile for almost 2 months.

It was towed to Mobile on Valentine's Day after an engine-room fire knocked out power.

The cruise was returning to Galveston, Texas at the end of a four-day cruise to Cozumel when the fire happened.

It has been undergoing repairs at BAE Ship Systems since then.

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