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Cruise ship fire off Seychelles, ship adrift

February 27, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A fire broke out on a cruise ship off the Seychelles islands on Monday and the ship is adrift in the Indian Ocean, where Somali pirates have been active.

The Italian coast guard said the blaze was quickly extinguished and the passengers are safe.

Coast guard officials said that motors weren't working on the Italian cruise ship, Costa Allegra, and that crews have been sent to help.

The ship owner Costa Crociere said 636 passengers were on board the ship, as well as 413 crew members.

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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