A Midstate man said his mother is stranded on board the Carnival Cruise ship that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday.
Tony Garber said his mother Robin Garber, who lives in West Hanover Township, sent him a text message shortly after the fire was extinguished saying she was ok and hoped to return to the United States by Friday. That's the only communication he's had with her in four days.
"At first, we were like 'oh man, she's lucky because she gets an extra day or two on the beach,' but then we actually found out that all the power was out and it's pretty miserable out there. Most of the bathrooms aren't working," he said.
Like the families of the other 4,000 people on board, Tony has been watching the news reports about the deplorable conditions on the boat as its slowly being towed towards land.
"I think they were eating cucumber and onion sandwiches or something like that -- so it's not really a vacation being stuck out there," he said.
Robin is diabetic, but Tony said as a nurse at Harrisburg Hospital, his mother is always medically prepared for the worst. He added she is probably more worried about the other passengers with more serious medical conditions than she is about herself.
Tony said the worst part of this story is that his mother hasn't had a vacation in years and was really looking forward to spending quality time with her sister and niece on this cruise.
"My family and my mom -- they didn't need this," he said. "I don't know the next time she will get another chance to go out and enjoy herself."
Tony said Carnival told Robin she'd be reimbursed for her cruise, and possibly the flight home from Mobile, Alabama where the ship is expected to dock sometime Thursday.