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NTSB in Mobile to Investigate Cruise Ship Fire

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A team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board is in Mobile, Ala., to look into the cause of the engine fire aboard the Carnival cruise ship Triumph.

The fire left the ship drifting and paralyzed, with passengers enduring days of heat and stench. It finally arrived last night in Mobile after being towed to shore.

A spokesman says the NTSB will be working with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Bahamas Maritime Authority, which will serve as the primary investigative agency. The government in the Bahamas is taking the lead because the Triumph is registered there, and it was in international waters at the time of the fire.

According to the NTSB spokesman, the agency could take information from the probe and use it to make recommendations for improving cruise ship safety.

Meanwhile, nearly 2,000 passengers arrived at a New Orleans Hilton in the wee hours. By dawn, many were headed out again to fly to Houston -- to get a connecting flight home or a chartered bus back to their cars in Galveston.

Hundreds are arriving by bus in Galveston -- with many facing a long drive home from there.

Tugs have pulled the disabled ship away from the dock, and toward a shipyard where city officials say it will be repaired. (AP)

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