TODAY   |  April 04, 2013

Carnival Triumph breaks loose from dock

The ship, which was left adrift in the Gulf of Mexico in February with more than 4,000 passengers aboard, sustained additional damage during a storm that caused it to blow into the Mobile River. A guard fell into the water and is still missing. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

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>>> in other news, one man is missing in alabama this morning after a powerful storm that also caused an already crippled carnival cruise ship to break free. kerry sanders at the port of mobile. good morning to you.

>> reporter: well, good morning, matt. the coast guard spent much of the night in helicopters over the water and in boats on the water searching for this missing man. the 40-year-old who did not work for carnival cruise line , but rather worked in the guard check here was blown into the water. the coast guard and local divers will determine later this morning about their plan of action to find his body. meantime, that weather, well, it created another mishap for the carnival cruiseship "triumph" which has faced a series of troubles.

>> it was crazy. it was crazy.

>> reporter: the storm came up fast with wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour. witnesses say the next thing they knew the "triumph" nearly 900 feet long broke loose and was blown into the mobile river .

>> someone said, oh, my god, look at the carnival cruiseship, it turned sideways in the actual river and a tug boat was doing all it could, but it ended up pinning the tug boat against the bank.

>> reporter: sustained what the cruise line called limited damage as a result of the high winds . but several gashes could clearly be seen. a nearby cargo ship was also damaged. for carnival, the nation's largest cruise company, it's been one misfortune after another, an engine fire left this ship adrift in the gulf of mexico in february. more than 4,000 passengers and crew were stranded and had to endure miserable conditions for five days. two ships, the legend and the elation recently experienced propulsion problems. and passengers aboard the corn value dream had to be thrown home after a generator problem left the ship stalled in st. martin. meanwhile, the ordeals of the "triumph" leaves one observer wondering.

>> i don't know if the boat's cursed or what. i don't think i'm going on it.

>> reporter: why the cruiseship wasn't tied up properly to begin with will be part of the investigation. meantime, carnival cruise line says its thoughts are going out to the family of the missing man. and they point out they were 600 crew members onboard plus 200 subcontractors onboard and all of those folks are okay. matt?

>> kerry sanders in mobile, alabama,