SPOKANE, Wash. – At least eight people from Spokane are reportedly safe on the Carnival cruise ship Splendor that lost power off the coast of Mexico earlier this week.
Several would-be vacationers called family members in Spokane on Wednesday morning when the ship received cell phone service for a short period of time.
"Everyone is fine," said Ben Blohowiak who received a call from his parents. His parents are on the ship with his aunt, uncle and several family friends. The group was taking a weeklong cruise from the Los Angeles area to the Mexican Riviera when an engine fire knocked out power to the ship.
Toilet service has been restored, but only cold showers are available to the 3,300 passengers and 1,100 crew members. Members of the military have reportedly dropped off Spam and Pop Tarts for passengers on the Splendor.
The ship is being towed back to port and is being escorted by the USS Ronald Reagan
KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.