Rescue crews reach stranded cruise ship, provide supplies

Help has finally arrived for the thousands of passengers stranded aboard a cruise ship in the Pacific, including a group of senior citizens from Yonkers and county Legislator Bernice Spreckman.

The first of several tugboats that will pull the ship to either San Diego or a city on the coast of Mexico reached the Carnival Splendor cruise ship yesterday.

A fire in the engine room Monday morning knocked out power to the entire ship. Air conditioning remains down and there is no hot food service. Some cabin toilets also remain inoperable, though engineers have been able to restore toilet service in most cabins and all public bathrooms, Carnival says.

Carnival says some shipboard programming, including children's programs and entertainment, are being provided.

On Tuesday, the USS Ronald Reagan arrived on the scene with thousands of pounds of supplies that it is ferrying to the Splendor by helicopter.

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