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Coast Guard: Fuel oil leak disabled Carnival cruise ship

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    In the midst of their own seven-day cruise, people aboard the Carnival Legend never dreamed their vacation would veer off-course to assist those stuck on a sister ship: the infamous Carnival Triumph.
    In the midst of their own seven-day cruise, people aboard the Carnival Legend never dreamed their vacation would veer off-course to assist those stuck on a sister ship: the infamous Carnival Triumph.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -

A Coast Guard official says the cause of the engine-room fire on the Carnival cruise ship Triumph was a leak in a fuel oil return line.

In a teleconference Monday, Cmdr. Theresa Hatfield estimated that the investigation of the disabled ship would take six months.

She said the Bahamas is leading the investigation, with the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board leading U.S. interests in the probe.

She said investigators have been with the ship since it arrived Thursday in Mobile, and interviews have been conducted with passengers and crew.

The ship left Galveston, Texas, on Feb. 17 for a four-day trip to Mexico. The fire paralyzed the ship early Sunday, leaving it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico until tugboats towed it to Mobile.

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