...something that gets less publicity:
Search on for shipyard worker thrown into water by winds that tore
cruise ship from mooring
Published April 04, 2013
| Associated Press
MOBILE, Ala. Authorities were searching for a shipyard worker who was
thrown into the water in strong winds that also tore a troubled Carnival
cruise ship away from its mooring at an Alabama port.
The man was one of two people in a guard shack that blew into the water
Wednesday at the shipyard in downtown Mobile, Ala., where the 900-foot
Carnival Triumph had been moored for repairs after being stranded off
the coast of Mexico for five days in February.
A second worker was rescued, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said. Aside
from the weather, the two incidents were unrelated, the Coast Guard
said. Both men work for BAE Systems, which runs the shipyard.
Authorities are unsure of how deep the water is where the men fell in,
but Carnival Cruise Lines said on its website that its ship-repairing
operation is adjacent to a 42-foot, deep-ship channel.
"The search continues for the second pier worker," Carnival said in a
statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday night. "Our thoughts and
prayers are with the missing shipyard employee and the family."
The Triumph was at the dock for repairs after a February engine fire
that left the ship adrift without power for five days, subjecting
thousands of passengers and crew to horrendous conditions including food
shortages and raw sewage running in corridors.
On Wednesday, the ship was pulled loose from the dock in
near-hurricane-force winds, then lumbered downriver and crunched into a
cargo ship. It drifted for a couple of hours before being secured about
5 p.m. and moved to the Mobile Cruise Terminal, Carnival spokesman Vance
A 20-foot gash about 2 to 3 feet wide was visible about halfway up the
hull from the water and it wrapped partway around the stern. Underneath
the gashed area, two levels of railing were dangling and broken.
Electric cables that had been plugged in on shore were dangling from the
port side of the ship.
Carnival said all 600 of its crew members and 200 contractors who were
working aboard the vessel during the repairs were safe. On Wednesday,
people could be seen on the deck of the ship and looking out the windows.
The pier where the ship was docked wasn't damaged but one adjacent to it
was when the ship bumped into it, said BAE spokesman John Measell.
Lucas reported from Atlanta.