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Power Outage Creates 'Cruise Ship from Hell'

On February 10, 2013, a fire broke out in an engine room of the Carnival cruise ship, Triumph. The fire knocked out the ship's power, leaving the vessel drifting in Gulf of Mexico currents. The more than 4,200 passengers and crew were left in limbo. The lost power made it impossible to operate the flush toilets, keep cool in the un-shaded waters of the deep sea, and preserve and cook all the perishable food on board. Passengers reported long lines for food, shortages of fresh water, illnesses, and widespread boredom. Many passengers slept in hallways or outside to escape the odors and heat below decks. CNN dubbed the Triumph "the cruise ship from hell."

The ship finally ported safely in Mobile, Alabama on February 14, 2013 at 9:00 P.M. News crews riding in helicopters followed the ship, and watched passengers beg for help. The ship's loss of power wasn't just a tragedy for the passengers. Carnival expected to lose hundreds of millions of dollars due to this incident.

Apparently, Carnival learned their lesson. In June 2013 Triumph set sail once again, but this time it was outfitted with new emergency power capabilities. Carnival knows that when the power goes out, the party is over.

Possible Preaching Angles: Holy Spirit; Prayer; Abiding in Christ—In the same way, when followers of Christ aren't connected to our Power Source, things quickly deteriorate.

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