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February 12, 2013

City woman stranded on damaged cruise ship doing well

— A Muskogee woman stranded on a damaged cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico is scared, but otherwise doing well, her sister said.

Misty Goad Brumm, 37, is one of more than 4,000 passengers and crew on the Carnival Cruise ship Triumph, which was stranded Sunday after an engine fire.

Brumm’s sister, Amy Walters, said she last spoke with Brumm on Monday after another ship had brought food and supplies to the cruise ship.

“She said the conditions are just not good, but they’re OK and they’re making it,” Walters said.

Brumm and the other passengers are only able to contact family and friends by using other ship’s satellite systems.

“Other ships are having to go see them to take supplies and food,” Walters said. “(Misty) said they ate cucumber sandwiches for dinner the other night.”

As far as the conditions, Walters said Brumm told them electricity was lost and the toilets became unusable after Sunday’s fire.

“They’re giving them bags to use the bathroom in,” Walters said. “Can you imagine? She said they’ve asked the passengers to stay out on the ship’s deck to stay cool, since there’s no electricity, but she didn’t feel comfortable doing that, so she’s been in her room a lot.

“She said they’ve gotten some electric back, and the toilets are working some now, thank God.”

Walters said the original plan was to tow the Triumph into Mexico. However, the ship drifted overnight and the United States Coast Guard announced Tuesday the ship was being towed into Mobile, Ala., where it should arrive Thursday.

Brumm is an employee of Muscogee Creek Nation Casino, and their spokesman, Justin O’Neal, released a statement Tuesday.

“Employees are our number one priority here. The news is tragic, but knowing that she is all right at this point is where we find our relief. All of our team here misses Misty, and we cannot wait until she returns,” the statement said.

The Coast Guard announced Tuesday they, along with the National Transportation Safety Board, had launched an investigation into the fire.

No injuries were reported with the fire.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth

@muskogeephoenix.com.

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