Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:30 PM
Hissyspit (45,752 posts)
MFR: Carnival Truimph Has Broken Loose; People May Be in Water
Source: ABCTV-15 (Local)
@BreakingNews: Carnival Triumph has broken loose from a dock in Mobile, Alabama; crew members reported in the water - @LOCAL15NEWS http://t.co/9XUdpNwmhT
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MFR: Carnival Truimph Has Broken Loose; People May be in Water
Published: 2:12 pm Share Updated: 2:14 pm
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Mobile Fire-Rescue has confirmed that the Carnival Triumph has broken loose and crew members may be in the water.
The ship was docked at BAE Shipyard after it lost power and floated in the Gulf for days.
Local 15 News has crews on the scene. We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
Read more: http://www.local15tv.com/news/local/story/MFR-Carnival-Truimph-Has-Broken-Loose-People-May/xXzxMZtl2kKn3NH9kZUOGg.cspx
@BreakingNews: Carnival Triumph is drifting across the river; ship has hole on the right side of the stern - @WKRG http://t.co/50nUoc6My2
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Response to Scuba (Reply #6)
Wed Apr 3, 2013, 05:24 PM
Divernan (15,480 posts)
18. Agreed. I dove on sunken WW II Japanese ships in Micronesia/Truk Lagoon
Ships were from 350 to over 500 feet long, and covered with large anemones and heavy growth of colorful soft coral and hydroid colonies. (Coral polyps live within individual cells in a colony. Hydroid polyps function together as a single organism). The coral encrusted wrecks attract a diverse array of marine life, including manta-rays, turtles, sharks. In 2007, 266 species of reef fish were recorded by an Earthwatch team and in 2006 the rare coral Acropora pichoni was identified. It is the ultimate in wreck diving, but divers should be certified in wreck diving before going into these ships. Your picture looks like it was taken on one of what some call "The Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon."
Response to Scuba (Reply #19)
Wed Apr 3, 2013, 10:50 PM
Divernan (15,480 posts)
23. My rec for best diving/best island & at a relatively cheap price in the Caribbean
The best diving I found in the Caribbean/Leeward Islands was at tiny Saba, one of the Dutch Antilles, just below St. Marten's. It's a volcanic island with no beaches, and only a small, man-made harbor - so none of those floating skyscraper cruise ships. The locals, live in 4 small settlements on the island, including a medical school sponsored by the Dutch govt., which offers a hyperbaric medicine program, so there's a hyperbaric recompression chamber and very skilled docs within minutes of the dive boat dock area.
The only visitors are rock climbers and scuba divers. The island declared it's entire surrounding waters a marine preserve/park back in 1987. There are no reefs around it so lots of great pelagics, especially around the underwater sea mounts, which are veritable nurseries of all kinds of fish. With the exception of 2 liveaboard dive boats, which were grandfathered in, in 1987,and which only visit there a couple of times a year, the marine park is closed to all the non-local dive operators. Never had to share a dive site with any other boat. My first visit was on board one of the grandfathered vessels, the sailing trimaran, Cuan Law, out of Tortola. We were on a down island cruise through the Leeward Isles and stopped at St. Maarten's, Saba, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Barth's, and then decided to skip St. Eustacia and drop anchor again at Saba, because it was such fantastic diving.
I returned to Saba 2 years later and spent a week diving - stayed at Scout's Place Hotel and dove with local operation, Saba Divers. We were the only Americans there - all the other guests/divers were from Europe. There is a 5 star hotel on the island, but for 1/3 the price you can stay at Scout's Place - perched high on the mountainside with balconied rooms, breath-taking views, a pool, good restaurant/bar and very fun Karoke nights. There's a rain forest at the top of the island with a lovely restaurant and an Ecolodge cluster of cabins. Saba island was the model for Skull Island in the first King Kong film (back in the 1930's). and the outdoor scenes for the film were made there.
I've dived a lot of places - Belize, Roatan, Montserrat, Cozumel, many islands in the BVI, Hawaii, Puget Sound, Bonaire, Antigua, Exuma/Bahamas - but if I had to pick just one island, it would be Saba. So check out the links below and consider it for your bucket list. Also check out the Cuan Law - pricey but still good value - nothing beats laying in a hammock on deck while the ship sails under moonlit skies.
Response to Hissyspit (Original post)
Wed Apr 3, 2013, 04:34 PM
dixiegrrrrl (46,775 posts)
12. More reports:
AL.com photographer Bill Starling is on scene and says the ship is pointed south, and there appears to be damage to the stern. He says it also appears to have hit something and is wedged against something else.
Had a very strong short windstorm here about that time....