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Sister of local policeman recounts nightmarish experience aboard ship

Aaron Krause • Feb 15, 2013 at 2:07 PM

The sister of a local police sergeant was a passenger on the cruise ship victimized by a fire that left it without electricity, creating nightmarish conditions amid five miserable days at sea.

Becky Miller, the sister of Monroeville Police Department Sgt. Frank Gleason, was aboard the Triumph as a birthday present for her co-worker. The ship departed from Galveston, Texas, last Thursday and was on its way to return there Sunday, having stopped in Mexico, when the fire occurred.

Miller, her colleague and the 3,000-plus other vacationers had enjoyed pleasant weather Saturday. Miller and her co-worker went kayaking and snorkeling for the first time as they both "were trying to be teenagers."

They shopped during an excursion, arrived back at the ship, had dinner, went out to the pool and listened to music before settling into bed for the night.

At about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, a voice on a loudspeaker announced that fire had erupted in the ship's engine room.

She shares the story of her ordeal today in the Norwalk Reflector. To read the story, pick up a copy of that issue or subscribe to the e-paper for less than $1 per week and read it now.

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