Coast Guard: Cause of Carnival Triumph cruise ship fire was a fuel line leak
Photo of passengers sleeping on the decks of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship after an engine room fire.
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MOBILE, Ala. - A Coast Guard official says the cause of the engine-room fire on the Carnival cruise ship Triumph was a leak in a fuel engine return line.
In a teleconference Monday, Cmdr. Theresa Hatfield estimated that the investigation of the disabled ship would take six months.
She said the Bahamas is leading the investigation, with the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board leading U.S. interests in the probe.
She said investigators have been with the ship since it arrived Thursday in Mobile, and interviews have been conducted with passengers and crew.
The ship left Galveston, Texas for a four-day trip to Mexico on February 7. The fire paralyzed the ship early Sunday, Feb. 10, leaving it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico until tugboats towed it to Mobile.
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