Costa Cruise ship fire - passengers safe

2012-02-27 17:39

Rome - The Italian coast guard says a fire has broken out on an Italian cruise ship off the Seychelles islands and the ship is adrift, but the passengers are safe.

Coast Guard Cmdr Cosimo Nicastro told SkyTG24 TV on Monday that the ship's captain has told Italian authorities the blaze was quickly extinguished. Nicastro says the Costa Allegra's motors are not working.

Nicastro says the Italian coast guard has dispatched cargo ships near the Allegra to help, and that the Seychelles is sending a motorboat, a plane and two tugboats to the scene.

The ship owner Costa Crociere says in a statement there were no injuries or casualties among the 636 passengers and 413 crew members.

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