Crippled cruise ship due to return to land


More than 4,200 people trapped aboard the crippled cruise ship Carnival Triumph, having endured days of overflowing toilets, were due to return to land late last night when tugboats hauled the vessel into Mobile, Alabama.

The 272m (893ft) vessel has been without propulsion and running on emergency generator power since Sunday, when an engine room fire left it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico.

Operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, the ship left Galveston, Texas, a week ago carrying 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew. – (Reuters)