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Disabled cruise ship reaches port

The disabled Costa Allegra cruise ship, right, is towed into the Victoria harbor in the Seychelles today. (Associated Press)
The disabled Costa Allegra cruise ship, right, is towed into the Victoria harbor in the Seychelles today. (Associated Press)

VICTORIA, Seychelles – A disabled cruise ship arrived in port in the island nation of the Seychelles today after three days at sea without power.

The Seychelles Red Cross set up several tents to assist any passengers needing help, and the British High Commission and the French and Italian embassies were at the port to assist their citizens. Tour operators lined up dozens of buses ready to take passengers to either the airport or a Seychelles resort. The process was expected to take several hours.

The Costa Allegra had been at sea with more than 1,000 people onboard and without electricity since a fire in the generator room on Monday. There were no functioning toilets, showers, lights or air conditioning. The cause of the fire is unknown. A French fishing vessel towed the cruise ship to safety.

The fire came only six weeks after the Costa Concordia, owned by the same company, hit a reef and capsized off Italy, killing 25 people and leaving seven missing and presumed dead.

No one was injured in the fire Monday.



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