Cruise ship Carnival Splendor was safely towed to reach San Diego at approximately 0830 hours local time on November 11. The ship lost propulsion power due to fire in engine room (but emergency generators were available for essential services) on November 08, when the ship was about 200 miles south of San Diego. Fire was extinguished successfully, without any loss of life or injury to ships crew/guests.
Some more information available on Carnival Splendor and the rescue operation are:
- Carnival Splendor is a Panamanian-flagged vessel in service from July 2008.
- Ship was on the first leg of a seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise that commenced on November 07 from Long Beach, Calif en route to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
- Ship was carrying 3,299 guests and 1,167 crew.
- Ship has cruising speed of 21 knots and is 952 feet long with gross tonnage of 113,300 tons.
- The ship owners
- have made arrangements for all guests to either travel home same day or after a overnight stay in area hotels.
- have also arranged full refund of voyage cost along with reimbursement of transportation cost.
- in addition have decided to give a complimentary future cruise equal to the amount paid for this voyage.
- Rescue operations
- Immediate assistance was provided by U.S. Coast Guard to safely bring the vessel to San Diego.
- At the request of U.S. Coast Guard, aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) was diverted by the Commander U.S. Third Fleet to provide 4,500 pounds of supplies to the cruise ship.
Here is a photograph released by U.S. Navy.
An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter from the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) delivers pallets of supplies to the Carnival cruise ship C/V Splendor. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Mikesa R. Ponder (Released)
View a video clip from You Tube: Carnival Splendor Cruise Ship Catches Fire
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