High Winds Cause Carnival Ship to Drift to Shore

High Winds Cause Carnival Ship to Drift to Shore

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Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph causing a sensation for the second time in Mobile.

"It was pretty wild. We saw it when it first broke loose. I was working at the maritime museum whenever it happened and we thought it was a tornado at first cause then we see a couple port-o-lets go flying by and it was crazy," says Brandon Vickers.

Winds in excess of 70 miles an hour caused the ship to break free of its moorings and pushed the ship toward shore.

"We suspected what was going on, we knew something was wrong, we knew it wasn't planned," says Metro Jail Warden Trey Oliver.

Oliver was at the convention center for the state of the city address when he noticed the ship moving.

"All we could do was make sure help was on the way. The police chief was right next to us, we made sure he knew about it. I called 911 and they said they hadn't received any calls about it yet, they forwarded me to the coast guard."

As the wind took the ship to shore, it scrubbed up against an Army Corps of Engineer ship, the Wheeler, causing extreme damage to the rear. Obviously still without power, tug boats tried maneuvering it back into place at BAE, however it now rests at cruise terminal.

"I think this boat's cursed or something!" says Vickers.

"The ship's almost cursed I guess!" added Oliver.

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