The Norman Transcript


February 16, 2013

Broken ship, strong couple



“The crew kept us fed and we had clean water,” Carmella Morren said. “The emergency lighting stayed on. Those crew members did everything they could possibly do to make us comfortable.”

They could shower but the toilets didn’t flush which she termed the worst part. Nothing says loving like your spouse schlepping buckets of waste from the cabin. Because of overflowing toilets above, sewage sometimes dripped along the walls and accumulated in the carpeting. Their interior cabin was pitch-black at night and the door had to be left open for whatever ventilation that provided.

“If that’s roughing it, I could do it again,” Carmella Morren said. “We got so tired of listening to all the negativity because it just seemed to flow like garbage.”

Differing from other reports the Morrens described eating lobster, steak and chicken.

“Anyone who says they just ate onion sandwiches is wrong, if so, they had that by choice,” she said. “It wasn’t always hot or served buffet style but there was plenty of food. We ran out of ice but had coffee, Cokes and clean water.”

Other ships pulled alongside the Triumph to deliver supplies and some helicopters dropped food down to them.

The situation was inconvenient and they missed their children, families and jobs back home. There was no television or cell phone coverage. A few people had radios.

“We met a couple of girls and agreed that there needed to be a Bible study group,” Carmella said. “People were crying and some had health issues and even Keith was out of medicine. Fortunately we all made it, through the Lord’s strength.”

The special education teacher instinct took over and Carmella identified people who could use her assistance.

“I ran errands for people and helped one lady with heart problems,” she said. “It’s just what I do, and it took my mind off things.”

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