The U.S. Coast Guard has issued an emergency alert for vessels that have been reported to be in a horned cruise ship incident in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.K. newspaper The Independent reported.
“This is an extremely serious matter and we request that you do not attempt to navigate your vessel in this situation,” the Coast Guard said in the alert.
“If your vessel is in this state, please leave it and report to your nearest Coast Guard Station.”
A spokesperson for the Coast Guardship in New Orleans, which handles the vessel’s operations, told the newspaper that the horned vessel was on its way to the Bahamas.
The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to The Associated Press’ request for comment.
The vessel is part of the cruise ship line Carnival Cruise Line and has about 1,000 people aboard.
Carnival Cruise Lines CEO David L. Johnson told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that Carnival Cruise Ship was aware of the incident and was “reviewing our procedures.”
Carnival Cruise ships are the largest cruise line in the world and carry more than 7,000 passengers.
The Carnival cruise line has been the subject of an international incident this year.
In March, a cruise ship owned by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting lost its propulsion system in the Caribbean, and two other ships in the same fleet were found to be on fire.
In the U, the Coast Protection Bureau has been investigating incidents involving cruise ships that have a reported number of passengers onboard.
In July, the bureau issued a warning to cruise ship operators about possible incidents of passengers being hurt or killed.
“Consistent with its mission, the Department of Transportation will take swift action against vessels that violate safety regulations and the law,” the bureau said in a statement at the time.
“The department will also take action against those who fail to adhere to safety regulations.”