Coast Guard response to Carnival Splendor continues

Morgenthau crewmember

A crewmember from the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Alameda, Calif., remains on scene of the stranded Cruise Ship Splendor to ensure the safety and well-being of the passengers and crew. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

For the past two days millions have watched as the cruise ship Carnival Splendor and its 4,400 passengers and crew was left stranded at sea after an engine room fire. As the story unfolds live on international television, the Coast Guard continues to work with the United States Navy and international partners ensuring the ship and all aboard return safely to port.

Without power, propulsion, minimal lighting and approximately 100 miles left to transit home (as of 2:30 p.m. Pacific time), the Coast Guard remains on scene providing aid and security to the Carnival Splendor.

Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau and Carnival Splendor

Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, right, assists the Cruise Ship Carnival Splendor, left, approximately 100 miles at sea. Coast Guard assets were the first U.S. responders on scene to assist the Carnival Splendor and will remain aboard the vessel until the ship is safely back in port. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A team from the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau – including a food service specialist, a health service technician and law enforcement officers – boarded the vessel this morning to provide medical assistance, ensure food and water safety and provide general security as the vessel remains under-tow.

Senior Chief Anthony Schell, a food service specialist, was one of the Coast Guardsmen from Morgenthau who went aboard the cruise ship and witnessed firsthand the interaction between the passengers and responders.

“The passengers really seemed to appreciate the fact that the Coast Guard, as well as others, were out here and that we were doing are job to ensure their safety,” said Schell.

Coast Guard assets were the first U.S. responders on scene to assist the Carnival Splendor and will remain aboard the vessel and monitoring from the 11th District Command Center until the ship and her precious human cargo are safely home. In all, three Coast Guard cutters and a long-range patrol aircraft responded to the incident.

“My crew of 165 young men and women and this cutter remain committed to ensuring the cruise ship and all those aboard make it safely back to port,” said Captain Anthony R. Gentilella, the commanding officer of Morgenthau. “The efficient response and coordinated effort between the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy display the agility of the U.S. Armed Forces and the federal government in myriad crises.”

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  • dwmatcek

    great job! presence on site very comforting im sure

  • LCDR Sanders

    Thanks for the update……Can’t wait to get back out there and serve!!!!

  • D Tatum

    Good work for the Coast Guard. However I was initially confused by your copy that Carnival Splendor is “a vessel left stranded at sea.” “Stranded” is a traditional maritime term for a vessel that has run aground on a shore. The situation is rather a vessel adrift with a propulsion plant breakdown, an entirely different sort of emergency. I would think that precision in communication ought to be the goal.

    A more exact location of the vessel would be useful, also.

  • Randy

    Anyone taking a cruise on a flag of convenience ship is always taking a risk because U.S. jurisdiction and laws are not applicable.

  • John Byers

    GO GO Charlie Golf.
    I go to see the Coast Guard doing what our time honored traditions tell us to do. Wood Ships and Steel Men as the saying goes. And D Tatum is correct she was adrift at sea, not stranded. I see we need to send some people back to nautical terminology 101.
    John Byers, USCG Retired
    73′s and Bravo Zero

  • John Owens

    CGC Morgenthau CO Anthony Gentilella and his team and his team have done a brilliant job, as always.

  • Don Troutt EM-3

    I was a passenger on the splendor. It was really cool to see the cutter Morgenthau come over the horizon on tuesday morning. That was the first time I was on the receiving end of a Coast Guard rescue. I served aboard the Wachusett from 1960-1964. Thanks again from an old coastie.

  • Don Troutt EM-3

    P.S. First and last cruise