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Spam helicoptered in to stricken cruise ship

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Helicopters have flown in tins of spam to feed nearly 4,500 passengers…on the stricken Carnival Splendor cruise ship as supplies run low.

What began as a seven-day cruise to the picturesque Mexican Riviera ended on Monday when an engine-room fire cut power to the 952-foot vessel and set it adrift off Mexico’s Pacific coast, leaving passengers with no air conditioning or hot water.

The ship began moving again on Tuesday night after the first of several Mexican tugboats en route to the liner began pulling it towards San Diego, where it was expected to arrive tonight, Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement.

US Navy helicopters were ferrying 70,000 pounds of supplies, including the Spam, crabmeat, croissants, Pop Tarts and other items, to the ship.

The Seahawk helicopters were taking off with dangling palettes of supplies from the USS Ronald Reagan, an aircraft carrier diverted from training manoeuvres to help.

They will relish every bite.

After they get their refund checks.

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Written by Ed Campbell

November 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm

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