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    Posted February 14, 2013 by
    Metairie, Louisiana
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Carnival Triumph’s nightmare

    Helping our the Carnival Triumph


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     wullum36 was aboard the Carnival Elation as it provided assistance to the Triumph on February 10. "Our ship was wonderful; nothing went wrong," he said, adding that he would take another cruise in the future. "For the amount of money you pay, it's a risk you have to take. It's not like [problems] happen often."
    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    While on our recent cruise on the Carnival Elation out of New Orleans, we were alerted by the ships captain about the situation aboard the Carnival Triumph on Sunday. At around 9 am, a message came on stating that a sister ship was rendered dead in the water from an engine fire and we will be making a change in course to provide assistance to the ship. At around 6 pm, we saw the disabled ship floating in the water about 300 miles from Progresso, Mexico. At this time, we began circling the ship while crews loaded lifeboats with food, technicians, and supplies that would be delivered to the Triumph. This encounter lasted nearly six hours until we were notified that the ship will be tugged to Progresso. The ship was left in the hands of a US Coast Guard Cutter when we left for our distination of Progresso. This picture is from the dining room of the Elation showing the ship dead in the water.
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