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Tugs guide cruise ship toward shore

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A stricken cruise ship with nearly 4,500 passengers and crew on board has slowed outside of San Diego Bay to get more tugs before it's towed into port.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Rachel Polish (POH'-lish) says the Carnival Splendor is about eight miles off the harbor mouth Thursday morning. Two tugs hauled it slowly up from the Mexican coast, and four more are hooking up to help steer the nearly 1,000-foot-long vessel to the dock.

The rigging is expected to take about an hour and the ship will need another two hours to reach dock.

An engine room fire left the Splendor dead in the water on Monday during a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. Navy helicopters flew in tons of supplies but passengers say they're tired of cold water, cold food and dark quarters.


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