27 Feb '12, 3pm

Cruise ship from same company as Costa Concordia adrift off Seychelles #AFP #Seychelles

Cruise ship from same company as Costa Concordia adrift off Seychelles #AFP #Seychelles

ROME: An Italian cruise ship from the same fleet as the tragedy-struck Costa Concordia is adrift off the Seychelles with more than 1,000 people on board following a fire, Italy's coast guard said on Monday. Fire crews on board managed to put out the blaze near generators in the engine room, and no one was injured on the luxury ship, the Costa Allegra. The ship however issued a mayday call seeking assistance from any nearby cargo ships and there was a power blackout on board, the coastguard said in a statement. It said it had contacted local authorities in the Seychelles, adding that the accident happened near Alphonse Island some 200 nautical miles from the Indian Ocean archipelago's main island. A Seychelles official said help was on the way. "We have made contact with the vessel. We are sending assistance," said Michael Rosette, deputy army chief of staff, adding: "There...

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