Shipyard worker missing after Carnival Triumph breaks loose at Mobile

Coast Guard searches for 1, responds to adrift cruise ship

 The cruise ship Carnival Triumph rests at Signal International shipyard after breaking loose from its moorings at BAE Systems after a storm at shipyard on the Mobile River, April 3, 2013. The Triumph was in dry dock for repairs from an engine failure that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in February. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

News Release, Coast Guard Sector MOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard is searching for a missing shipyard employee and responding to a report of a cruise ship adrift on the Mobile River, Wednesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at approximately 1:45 p.m. that a BAE Systems employee became missing after the Carnival Triumph broke free from its moorings while in dry dock at the BAE shipyard. The missing employee is reported as a black male in his 40s and reportedly not wearing a life jacket. One other BAE employee was recovered safely. The ship is reportedly at the Signal International shipyard across from BAE.

The tug vessel New Wednesday is on scene stabilizing the Triumph, and four additional tug vessels are en route to assist with stabilization operations.

The Coast Guard has issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast for mariners to keep a look out for the missing BAE  employee on the Mobile River.

Resources deployed in the search:

One Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew;

Two Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island boatcrews;

Two Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Mobile boatcrewa;

Two Mobile Police Department boatcrews;

One Mobile Police helicopter.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.


Click here to view the press release from the U.S. Coast Guard including a description of the missing man plus photos and links to other documents.

By Professional Mariner Staff