Stranded Cruise Ship Costa Allegra Being Towed to Seychelles Island

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0  Updated at 1:19 am, February 28th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/Getty Images(PORT LOUIS, Mauritius) — The luxury cruise liner that went adrift in the Indian Ocean on Monday after a fire broke out on board is now being towed to an island in the Seychelles.

With the help of a French merchant ship, the Costa Allegra is expected to arrive in Mahe Thursday morning.

Earlier, it was reported that the cruise ship would be towed to Desroches, but Costa Cruises changed the location because it “does not assure the necessary and adequate security conditions for mooring the ship and guests’ disembarkation.”

The company added that the accomodations on Desroches are insufficient for the 636 passengers and 413 crew members on board.

The Costa Allegra was left stranded in pirate-infested waters on Monday after a blaze broke out in its engine room, knocking out power on the ship.  Costa Cruises released a statement saying that no one was injured and that the fire had been quickly extinguished.

This is the second emergency situation this year for the Italian cruise line, which is owned by Carnival Cruises.  In January, 32 people were killed when the Costa Concordia capsized after hitting rocks off the Italian island of Giglio.  Seven people are still missing and presumed dead.

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