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By Ed Fletcher, Bee Staff Writer

At least two Capitol staffers are confirmed to be among the 4,500 passengers and crew stranded off the coast of Mexico on a Carnival cruise ship.

Fahizah Alim and Leticia Lewis of Sen. Curren Price's office are among those on board, said Tiffani Alvidrez, a consultant for the Inglewood Democrat.

Alim has been a Capitol staffer for several years after leaving the Sacramento Bee. Lewis was one of the primary organizers of the Christian-themed cruise.

The Carnival Splendor was 200 miles south of San Diego when an engine room fire cut its power early Monday, according to a statement from Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines.

The ship is now being slowly towed to a Mexican port and will not arrive until Wednesday, the Coast Guard said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Read the full AP story here.



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