Trouble on the high seas this afternoon as a Carnival cruise ship has been stranded offshore with 4,500 passengers aboard and will have to be towed to a Mexican port.
A fire broke out in the engine room of the Carnival Splendor on Monday as the vessel was located about 200 miles south of San Diego, according to a statement from Carnival Cruise Lines.
The 3,299 passengers and 1,167 crew members were not hurt in the incident and the fire has since been extinguished, however, the ship has no air conditioning, hot water or telephone service. Fortunately, emergency power has kept the toilets and cold water running.
The Carnival Splendor is drifting about 55 miles off the Baja California coast and has been in touch with the Coast Guard.
Mexican tugboats should reach the ship around midday today and arrive back at the port with the vessel around 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Passengers will then be taken by bus to California.
Once the passengers have been safely dropped off, the Carnival Splendor will be towed back to Long Beach, California, a trek that will likely take several days.
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