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Houston family stuck on Triumph share story


The Carnival cruise ship Triumph finally docked in the port of Mobile after five days adrift at sea. The disabled ship was towed in by two tug boats.

Nearly 4,000 passengers and crew survived the awful conditions after a fire in the engine room left the ship without power early Sunday morning.

Many of the passengers were from Texas, including relative of one of News Channel 25's employees, Emily Baird.

Emily's parents, grandparents and aunts were trapped on the ship and told us their detailed account.

Emily's mother Mary Baird told us about the conditions they were living in."The conditions are horrible. Piles and piles of trash and feces soaked linen and towels there's a lot of crew members walking around in hazmat suits with masks and gloves and none of us have any of that."

Not only was the power out but many of the toilets on the ship would no longer flush, making conditions and the smell, worse.

"The first day they made an announcement that we had to poop into a red bag and put the red bag in a container. But then there were no containers. So we had to bags of poop out in the hall. So you can imagine how that smells. And we were supposed to urinate in the shower but the drains weren't working the right way so there was standing urine in all the rooms," said Baird.

The awful conditions landed her 77 year-old grandmother in the infirmary for respiratory complications.

Even though the situation on board has been tough it's also brought people together.

"The one thing that's been positive is that people have been sharing things like their medications. A lot of people only brought enough medication for four days. So people have been sharing medications and have been banding together," said Baird.

They had to get heart medication from another passenger and fortunately her grandmother is doing well.

Emily Baird's aunt Julie Yost said when the fire in the engine room first happened, she feared for her life. "It was the first time in my live that I really thought I was actually going to die."

After the passengers finally dock, their vacation ordeal still won't be over. They will have the option of taking a seven-hour bus ride directly to Galveston or Houston or they can opt for a shorter trip to New Orleans to catch a flight provided by Carnival.

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