Posted: Feb 11, 2013 5:45 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2013 5:47 PM
HOUSTON (AP) The first of two tugboats has reached a disabled cruise ship that has been adrift some 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula since an engine fire on Sunday.
Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said in an email that the tugboat arrived Monday afternoon, and a second one was expected Monday evening.
The tugboats are expected to tow the Carnival Triumph to Progreso, Mexico, by Wednesday and then the 3,143 passengers on board will fly back to the United States.
Carnival says the fire was contained in the aft engine room. Toilets could not be used afterward, but they're now available in some portions of the ship.
Another Carnival cruise ship, the Legend, rendezvoused with the stranded vessel Monday, supplying Triumph passengers with food and supplies.