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Carnival Cruise Ship Engine Fire - Tugboats, Navy To The Rescue

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A cruise ship headed to Puerto Vallarta from Long Beach suffered an engine fire yesterday knocking out power, air conditioning, hot food service, toilets and telephones leaving the 952-foot luxury ship like a bath toy, dead-in-the-ocean 200 hundred miles off the coast of San Diego.

The 3,299 guests and 1,167 crew members of the Carnival Splendor are awaiting U.S. Navy helicopters to deliver 70,000 pounds of bread, canned milk and other rations. Passengers are being supplied bottled water and other cold food as they wait for the tugboats to arrive to shlep the boat to Ensenada. The earliest the tugboats are expected to reach the ship is midday today.

Family members can call 1-888-290-5095 for information.