Muscogee (Creek) Nation employee on stranded cruise ship

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Updated: 2/12/2013 3:19 pm Published: 2/12/2013 3:16 pm

An employee of the Muscogee Creek Nation are among the roughly 3,100 stranded on the Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph.

The disabled cruise ship has been adrift some 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula since an engine fire on Sunday. Tugboats are towing the ship to Mobile, Alabama. It is expected to reach Mobile on Thursday.

Officials with the Muscogee Creek Nation Casino say 37-year old Misty Goad Brumm, of Muskogee, is on that ship. Brumm is an Auditing Clerk for the Creek Nation Casino in Muskogee where she has been employed 8 years.

Brumm’s mother and sister also work at the location and have shared statements from Brumm about what is happening on the ship.

“When I first heard about this it shocked me, because you hear fire in the engine room in the middle of the sea and you are thinking the worst. I heard from her shortly after it happened, the conversation lasted less than 20 seconds. Just letting us know that there had been a fire, it was put out, and that they were fine. And then we lost signal…” said Amy Walters, Brumm’s sister.

“Later that night (Sunday night) she called around 9:30 pm crying, telling how the ship had no power and no water. How the passengers were released to return to their rooms, and were given red bags to use the bathroom in. Also, a ship arrived for extra food and water so she used the satellite off the ship to call home.”

Walters expresses her concern for her sister,

“I am a little mad about the situation because if they did know about the issues with the ship, why would Carnival put those people at risk?”

A Muscogee Creek Nation Casino in Muskogee representative said, “Employees are our number one priority here. The news is tragic, but knowing that she is alright at this point is where we find our relief. All of our team here misses Misty, and we cannot wait until she returns.”

Janice Smith, Brumm’s mother, also released a statement about the incident on Tuesday.

“At first I was in shock, but once she called and told me she was ok I was slightly more at ease. I am ready for her to come home”

The ship is being towed to Mobile, Ala., and is expected there Thursday.

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