Carnival: Strong winds broke Triumph away from shipyard in Mobile

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The Carnival Triumph cruise ship that became disabled in the Gulf of Mexico in February after a fire took out power to its engines has broken free from its mooring at a shipyard in Mobile due to strong winds Wednesday, according to a statement from the cruise line.

The Triumph had been undergoing repairs while being docked at the BAE Shipyard. The giant ship is currently resting against a cargo vessel in the Mobile River. The U.S. Coast Guard and tug boats are in the area working to secure the drifting vessel.

The National Weather Service in Mobile reported 53 mph wind gusts at Mobile Regional Airport and 66 mph gusts at Brookley Field around the time Triumph broke free from the shipyard.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, the Mobile Fire and Rescue Department has transported one BAE employee to the hospital after a "guard shack" was blown over by the strong winds. Land-based crews continue to search for another employee in the water with the assistance of the department's fireboat.

Carnival Update 4:49 p.m.

"Due to strong winds that reached speeds exceeding 70 miles per hour during a severe storm in Mobile, Ala., Carnival Triumph, which was in wet dock at a Mobile shipyard, broke away from its moorings. The ship drifted and is now secure.{} It is expected to soon be moved to the Mobile Cruise Terminal. {}There are a number of tug boats on site, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and Mobile authorities. {}

"According to reports, two workers on an adjacent pier fell into the water. One has reportedly been recovered by the U.S. Coast Guard and the other is still reported missing."