Costa cruise ship adrift off Seychelles after fire

Costa Allegra is on fire and adrift in the Indian Ocean

AN Italian cruise ship from the same fleet as the tragedy-struck Costa Concordia was adrift in choppy seas off the Seychelles with more than 1000 people on board following an engine room fire overnight.

Fire crews on board put out the blaze and no one was injured on the luxury ship, the Costa Allegra, but it was forced to make a mayday call seeking assistance from nearby cargo ships and there has been a power blackout.

The Italian coast guard said the first vessel to come to the rescue, a 90-metre (295-foot) fishing trawler, was expected to arrive in the area at around midnight Italian time and another four hours after that.

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