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Southeast Texas Families in Alabama waiting for cruise ship Triumph

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The cruise ship "Triumph" inched closer and closer to Mobile, Alabama Wednesday night at around 7 miles per hour.   The slow pace is likely far too slow for Southeast Texas passengers under intense hardship for days.

Sunday, a fire in the engine room knocked out electricity to most of the ship, eliminated working toilets, and resulted in only enough food and water for passengers to barely get by.

Those aboard say there's an awful stench from overflowing toilets, and spoiled food in refrigerators.

12News Reporter Vanessa Holmes is in Alabama where she spoke with an emotional David Olsen. He has been sitting on pins and needles since Sunday morning

His wife Esther and sister in-law Beverly are stranded with 4000 others aboard the Carnival "Triumph" in the Gulf of Mexico.

Olsen drove six and a half hours Wednesday from Beaumont to Mobile, Alabama. He's taking matters into his own hand and bringing his wife and sister in law home.

Carnival cruise line officials say the company will refund passengers for the cruise and also compensate each passenger $500.

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