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Thousands stranded on disabled Carnival cruise ship

- The Washington Times - Monday, February 11, 2013

More than 4,000 people are stranded on a Carnival cruise ship 150 miles off the coast of Mexico after a fire broke out in the engine room.

Brent Nutt, whose wife, Bethany, is on board, told The Daily Mail that brawling had started because passengers are so hungry and the food is so scarce.

No one was injured aboard the ship, but it was adrift off the southern Yucatan Peninsula for an entire day before a tugboat arrived.

The ship has no power, and passengers have been forced to sleep on deck in tents as there is no air conditioning in the cabins. The toilets don't work either, and passengers have to make do with bags or buckets, The Mail reports.

"It's a big mess, there's no power, there's no toilets, there's no food — it's like a bunch of savages on there," Mr. Nutt told CNN on Monday. "People are fighting over food and stuff — that's a bunch of savages. It's ridiculous."

Two tugboats will tow the ship to Progreso, Mexico, the closest port, Carnival said. The ship is expected to arrive in Mexico late Wednesday.

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