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Monday, February 27, 2012

Fire Leaves Cruise Ship Adrift Off Seychelles

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - A fire broke out in the generator room of an Italian cruise ship on Monday, causing no casualties but leaving the vessel adrift in an area of the Indian Ocean where Somali pirates have been active, officials said.

The accident aboard the Costa Allegra occurred about six weeks after the Concordia, another Italian cruise ship owned by the same company, capsized off Italy, killing 25 people and leaving seven missing and presumed dead.

Asked about Monday's Costa Allegra accident, Italian Coast Guard Cmdr. Cosimo Nicastro told SkyTG24 TV that the ship's captain told Italian authorities the blaze was quickly extinguished.


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