More than 3,000 passengers are stranded at sea on a cruise ship more than 18 hours for shore.
One central Ohio man said his wife was aboard the Carnival cruise currently drifting off of the Gulf of Mexico.
Jeremy Miller said he last heard from his wife, Lisa, on Tuesday.
“She filled me in, let me know she was OK,” Miller said. “The interior of the ship was just completely black, you couldn’t see anything. So they took their mattresses and slept out on the deck.
Miller said his wife, a mother of four, described the fear of waking up to fire alarms early Sunday morning.
An engine fire knocked out most of the ship’s power to the 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members.
The ship has no working toilets, hot water or air conditioning.
“You could just tell in the tone of her voice that it had drastically gone downhill, just in that one day time period, and you know, I haven’t been able to talk to her since,” Miller said.
Miller said he now relies on automated messages from the cruise line for updates.
Even though Carnival’s account of the situation seems to contradict with what passengers aboard are saying.
Many passengers have described the situation as disgusting.
Though two tugboats are slowing towing the boat to Mobile, Ala., Miller said that was not fast enough.
“There’s got to be something else that they could have done to get those passengers off the boat and onto another one and get them home sooner than this,” Miller said. “I just hope she is OK and everybody else is OK. You know, the worst things go through your mind. You know, the ship out in the middle of the ocean, there’s not much you can do.”
Miller said he would like to be in Alabama to pick up his wife and bring her back home after the ordeal.
Carnival said all passengers will get a refund and will receive a credit for another cruise, if they are willing.
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