NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The decision Monday night to tow the crippled Triumph to Alabama could now be making a brutal voyage even worse.
The Triumph, which is bigger than the Titanic was, is running solely on emergency power and is now being towed at the slow pace of only a few miles per hour
George Peoples has four family members aboard the Carnival cruise ship and has had limited communication with them.
When he first heard the news of the stranded ship he could not help but worry.
"My aunt and uncle both are in their early seventies," Peoples said. "They both have some medical needs; heart problems, and diabetes, and stroke, things like this."
While Carnival's ads boast limitless buffets of food, that's not the case on the hobbled Triumph.
"I think they ate cucumber sandwiches for the first day or two," Peoples said. "But they've upgraded to hot dogs and hamburgers."
Cellphone reception is just as scarce, coming only when another Carnival ship pulls along side to drop off supplies aboard these lifeboats.
Although there have been a lack of resources for passengers, Peoples says his family has been accommodated the best way fit.
"I was just concerned basically about their health and the fact of how they would handle it and obviously what they're going to have to do because my understandings they're out of air conditioning, can't stay in their cabins," Peoples said. "Apparently the cruise line has done a good job of accommodating them in their needs."
Carnival acknowledges there are issues, and says there are plenty of food and water aboard and they're working on the sanitation issues.
Peoples says once his family reaches Alabama Thursday, they will be flown to Houston and accommodated on a bus back to their original departure spot in Galveston.