Disabled Cruise Ship Towed Back To Port


UPDATED: Friday February 15, 2013 5:56 AM

A disabled Carnival cruise ship made its way back to port on Thursday around noon. CNN video showed the ship approaching the coast around 11:45 a.m.

One central Ohio man said his wife was aboard the Carnival cruise.

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.

A passenger on the disabled Carnival Triumph cruise ships said conditions are "extremely terrible."

Speaking by phone Thursday to NBC's "Today" show, Janie Baker said there has been no electricity and few working toilets. She compared life on the ship to being in a hurricane evacuation.

Baker says one night, she and her friends slept with their life vests because the ship was listing and they feared it would tip over.

Baker echoed other accounts in which passengers have to use plastic bags to go to the bathroom and wait in line for hours for food. Baker said she once saw a woman pass out while in line.

The cruise ship lost power after an engine fire and is being towed to Mobile, Ala., where it's expected to arrive Thursday afternoon.

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