Green Bay Native's Family On Crippled Ship
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GREEN BAY, WI--The nightmare isn't over yet for one Green Bay native's family aboard the ship. It's been a terrible ordeal for the 3,000 guests and 1,000 crew members on board. And one Green Bay man says he won't rest until he knows his family is home safe.
Signs of desperation hang off the Carnival Triumph as the ship inches closer to shore. Passengers stranded for days in squalid conditions, including Green Bay native Fran Thompson's wife and sister in law.
"When I know the ship is here, the heart will quit beating quite as fast" said Thompson.
Thompson bought the cruise as a Christmas gift for his wife and sister in law, who is battling stage four cancer. But now he worries the ordeal has been too much.
"Stress is something cancer folks can't handle. Not good," said Thompson.
The ship has been without power for days. Buckets of feces and sewage soaked into the floor and walls. People building shanty towns on the upper decks. The end is near but even getting off the boat will be difficult.
"Once the ship ties up we estimate it will take three to four hours to complete debarcation of all the guests off the ship" said senior vice president of Carnival Cruise Lines, Terry Thornton.
Thompson and hundreds of others, wait anxiously for their loved ones.
"This was my wife's first cruise and I guarantee it will be her last" said Thompson.
The cruise line said it would give each passenger five hundred dollars a free flight home, a full refund for their trip as well as a credit for another cruise.