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Carnival Triumph Nightmare for Passengers

Carnival Triumph Nightmare for Passengers


Airdate: 02/14/2013

New video of that Carnival cruise ship in crisis shows desperate passengers holding up signs pleading for help. "We R Not OK" read one sign.

A virtual shanty town can be seen on the decks of the ship where passengers are sleeping under blankets in the open air to escape the putrid smells inside where toilets have backed up. Raw sewage is sloshing into the hallways.

Jon Hair spoke to his family stranded on the ship, asking "How is the smell on the ship?"

"Horrendous. Just horrendous," said his family member.

"No power on the ship too?" asked Hair.

"No. We don't have any lights. It's pitch black," said his family member.

INSIDE EDITION got exclusive cellphone video from inside the terminal in Mobile, Alabama where families are anxiously waiting for their loved ones to get off the Carnival Triumph.

More than 4,000 passengers have been stuck on the broken down vessel for five days without power. Food is running low. Nellie Betts was in tears that she can't reach her daughter.

The ship has become a terrifying place for the kids on board. A CNN helicopter flying over the ship showed 12-year-old Rebecca Poret waving to her mom who was watching the broadcast from shore in Alabama.

Her father, Larry Poret told CNN the situation was desperate."She's scared to death. We don't care about anything. Just get us out of here," said Poret.

INSIDE EDITION's Paul Boyd spoke with 24-year-old Loren Hill, whose dream vacation has turned into a nightmare, asking, "What has it been like floating out at sea with no power and everyone just trying to survive?"

"Miserable. Just miserable. I can't even say anything else. The toilet facilities were not working for a good, two days. They're still not working," said Hill.

Karen and Travis Jackson brought a teddy bear for their daughter Karley. They were very relieved to get a text message from her.

Jon Hair says conditions on the ship are so foul for his family, he can only compare it to life inside the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina.

"She likened it to the pictures we saw from the Superdome during Katrina. A very messy situation," said Hair.


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