We have written a couple of articles about the recent incident when Carnival's Ecstasy cruise ship heavily listed in the Gulf of Mexico, injuring 60 passengers and frightening many hundreds more.
We received a message from one of the passengers on the cruise, suggesting that the Carnival cruise ship was about to hit a sand bar which was marked by a buoy. And the cruise line is covering up the true circumstances of the incident. Here is the message:
"I was on that cruise. There was a buoy, but the buoy was there marking a sand bar that we almost ran aground on!! The land mass was on the radar. You can see the radar, direction and course of the ship on one of the channels in each cabins TV. The ship made a NINETY DEGREE TURN!! You dont do that to avoid a buoy! I was also told by a crew member that someone on the bridge was getting fired over the mistake. The cruise line is covering its butt!!"
But Carnival's PR person Jennifer de la Cruz told CNN "the ship listed 12 degrees to the right to avoid hitting a large, adrift buoy . . ."
Who is telling the truth? There are also some comments on Cruise Critic debating this. One reader posted this comment:
But another Cruise Critic reader suggested that the cruise ship was in water several thousands of feet deep.
So what really happened?
Was there really a loose buoy floating around? Or was the buoy marking a navigational hazard? Are there really sand bars (or reefs) in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, 200 miles off of the coast of Louisiana?
What are the exact coordinates of the incident?
The U.S. Coast Guard will be investigating, but it will take some time to get to the bottom of the incident. Are there other passengers who know what really happened?
Does anyone have a photo of the phantom buoy?
Let us hear from you in the comment section below . . .
There are many videos on the internet regarding the listing incident. The video below is raw video from a reporter with the Galveston County Daily:
Be sure to read our updated article: Carnival Ecstasy Listing Update: Smooth Sailing to Chaos & Confusion and Carnival Mocks Injured and Traumatized Cruise Passenger Complaints As "Completely Ridiculous"
Ecstasy cruise ship Carlos Javier Sanchez, Bloomberg News / Getty Images (via AOL News)
Injured passenger and empty pool Brandy and Ashley Vickery (via ABC13 "Sixty Passengers Hurt on Galveston-Based Cruise Ship")
Video interview of passengers Galveston County Daily