Costa Concordia’s sister ship is adrift in Indian Ocean

Boston Herald
A sister ship of the cruise liner that ran aground in Italy last month was adrift Monday in the Indian Ocean with 636 passengers on board, including eight Americans, after a fire broke out in the engine room. No casualties or injuries were reported on the Costa Allegra, which is owned by Costa Cruises, the same Italian company that operates the Costa Concordia. A fire broke out in the electric generator room, but was promptly extinguished. The fire did not spread to other parts of the ship, but the engines were stopped. The cruise ship sent out a distress signal, summoning tugboats and naval ships to its location, about 200 miles southwest of the Republic of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, in an area known to be frequented by pirates.

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Towing of stricken Costa Allegra crusie ship ‘going well’ despite course

National Post
By George Thande VICTORIA — A stricken cruise ship owned by the same company as the submerged Costa Concordia was being towed on Tuesday by a French tuna fishing boat to the Seychelles’ main island, the liner’s owner said. An engine room fire on the Costa Allegra knocked out the ship’s main power supply in the Indian Ocean on Monday, leaving it adrift with more than a thousand people on board — including 13 Canadians — in waters vulnerable to pirate attacks.
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French fishing vessel reaches drifting Italian cruise ship and begins towing …

New York Daily News
AP Monday’s fire on the Costa Allegra immediately raised fears, since it occurred only six weeks after one of its sister ships, the Costa Concordia, hit a reef and capsized off Italy, killing 25 people and leaving seven missing and presumed dead. A French fishing vessel on Tuesday began towing an Italian cruise ship drifting powerless in the Indian Ocean to a nearby Seychelles island, but was not expected to reach the tiny resort island until Wednesday. Authorities said they are making arrangements to evacuate people to the island of Desroches and then to transfer the more than 1,000 passengers and crew members to the main Seychelles island of Mahe by plane and fast boats.
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