Tug Boats Tow Disabled Cruise Ship Toward US

HOUSTON - The U.S. Coast Guard says a second tug boat has reached a disabled cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico and is helping tow it to Alabama.

More than 3,000 passengers and a crew of more than 1,000 aboard the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Triumph have had limited services since a fire in an engine room Sunday. The original plan was to tow it to Progreso, Mexico, but currents pushed it north.

No injuries have been reported.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Richard Brahm says the ship was about 270 miles (430 kilometers) south of Mobile as of Tuesday morning. It is expected to arrive Thursday.

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