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Austin Man's Wife Stranded on Cruise Ship
When Bill Fry's wife, Helen, boarded the Carnival Triumph on Thursday, he thought she would be back home Monday.
Instead Bill has spent the last two days on the internet searching three terrifying words: "cruise ship fire."
The internet and television have been his only source of updates. The ship has no cell phone service, so Fry has had no communication with his wife.
"Helen is going to be traumatized," Fry said. "I have no doubt about it."
Fry said he has been hearing reports that bathroom services are out on the ship.
"One article stated they are using buckets," Fry said. "Well how many buckets can they have for 3,100 or 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew? How many buckets can they have?"
Fry said his biggest frustration is with all the unanswered questions and unknowns. He first learned about his wife's vacation nightmare Sunday when he received a short automated call message from the cruise line.
"I'm not worried about her safety; I'm not worried about her physical health," Fry said. "I'm a little worried about her mental health."
A fire in the ships engine room knocked out power, and now the ship carrying more than 4,000 people is adrift in the Gulf of Mexico and hundreds of miles from shore.
The cruise line reported the ship will be towed to Progreso, Mexico and is expected to arrive sometime Wednesday. Once docked the cruise line will arrange travel home for the passengers.
"My concern is I have no idea when they will be returned," Fry said. "Where are they going to fly them? The nearest airport is Houston.”
By Cassie Gallo