First passengers disembark from crippled cruise ship
Entire process expected to take 4 to 5 hours
- Duration 7:15
- Date Feb 15, 2013
Entire process expected to take 4 to 5 hours
Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
Now Fox News Jonathan Serrie has been reporting -- -- for us from from this whole ordeal we're now seeing passengers it looks like starting to come off the ship.
Jonathan what can you tell us about that what you're saying right now.
Yet that's exactly what you're seeing right now Mary -- we see the passenger's side disembarking from the ship this just.
Happen within the past two men it's very exciting.
After the porters had to wield their -- -- on to the ship an indication.
That they were beginning to assist with off loading the luggage but I'll right now we see the passengers leaving with -- there of their.
Their suitcases on wheels down the game away and up obviously -- a long awaited.
-- for these very lucky initial passengers to get off the ship although we're told that the entire.
Of ticket disembarking from the carnival triumph could take between four and five hours.
And we're also was seeing that members of the Coast Guard marry and have just.
Disembark from the ship is well there were back in addition to the the crew of the triumph and the pilots the local pilots who come out and need any large.
To help it navigate through the more shallow waters the channel.
Leading into and through mobile bay in addition to them there were officials from the Coast Guard.
As as well as other officials obviously a very.
Typical cruise here but again the there's only one celebrate -- there's obviously limited power onboard the ship only one functioning elevators so for most of these passengers.
They're going to be carrying their own luggage down the stairwells.
And and and hosting it so that's that's what we're seeing right now -- And John and as as you were talking or watching people as there as they're filing it down as the disembarking and you know they are carrying huge loads of but people look like they're really turning to get off this I'm sure they can't -- And being gathered -- a lot of excitement here in this big cheers back and forth between the vessel and the -- Mary and we did notice a passenger on a stretcher -- Know that there's ambulance waiting here we don't know a fix for this specific passage -- the ambulance was.
Just here as precaution but we see one passenger being removed on -- what structure we're also seeing.
Some wheelchairs and -- -- -- -- keeping what carnival officials were saying about priority that they were going to give to the elderly to to the to the infirm.
But to families traveling with children before the general public.
The able bodied.
Cruising passion they're passengers.
Are able to get off this vessels so while we're seeing plenty of people.
Leaving right now the last passenger.
On the ship probably will not be leaving.
For another four to five hours well into the wee morning hours.
-- Friday Marion.
You can only imagine that it has got to be difficult for those people that know that -- -- going to be they'll let you know among the last few getting off that ship.
-- -- watching everybody else get off and increase their loved one.
The -- yeah absolutely and and and then talk going back to that passenger on on the stretcher we are seeing.
Getting into the ambulance so.
Some passengers requiring some additional medical attention.
It in the day.
The Coast Guard had to medevac -- a woman who suffered an apparent stroke.
They medevac terror using a very small vessels to dauphin island one of the barrier.
Islands just off off the coast of of mobile where she who is.
Met by by an ambulance there and -- and right now we just saw.
Batch of passengers.
Set foot on dry land here in Mobile, Alabama.
Obviously very exciting the passengers are being escorted inside the terminal where there are plenty of pillows and Blake -- food water.
And then from the terminal.
Most of the passengers there are some who are -- family members here who will take them home but most of the passengers.
Are gonna board buses that will either take them to their original port -- in.
In -- Texas on -- 100 motor coaches that have been reserved or some will be heading on some of those motor coaches.
To New Orleans where they will overnight at a hotel and then.
Fly out on charter flights tomorrow.
Twenty jets have been chartered to take -- carnival cruise passengers.
A lot of people have been asking earlier wolf why not just put these people up in hotels in mobile and have them fly out of the airport.
In mobile carnival officials say that because the airport is much bigger in New Orleans they have more charter options and so.
The people who -- gonna -- Utilizing those charter flights -- overnight in New Orleans however those who are meeting.
Their families in mobile.
Carter -- carnival is offering.
To put them up in local hotels here -- mobile.
And Mary and right now we are watching that ambulance.
Portland way and right along -- on -- from the port.
Or watching that right on -- every.
Yeah and we we don't know the the circumstances.
Have who's being treated it inside it looked.
It looks like and an elderly female.
But we don't know what what she's being treated for.
It's being carried away by the ambulance and presumably heading towards a local hospital here in Mobile, Alabama.
And you had mentioned that another passenger had a stroke and and had to be medevac to mean we know that the conditions aboard the ship.
We're pretty horrible.
Or for most of the time these people have been stuck aboard but.
You know we did hear from a couple of passengers have said they the crew tried really hard to make sure people had water had some food.
They they did their best to take care of them but of course.
You know being without necessities for four days and no air conditioning and stranded worship has got to be hard even on the healthiest persons children.
Yeah it's it's going to put stress on on anyone particularly though the elderly people with underlying medical conditions.
And right now Marianne if you look at the game way we're now seeing families.
With -- children now one of those priority groups.
The elderly people with medical conditions obviously we saw that.
The woman being evacuated in the in the ambulance of and and now we're seeing some families.
With the children disembarking.
From the -- Marianne.