Stalled Cruise Ship Towed to Safety

    In this photo taken by a member of French fishing vessel, The Talenduic, and provided by the Prefecture of the Reunion Island, shows the Italian cruise ship, The Costa Allegra, left, being towed by French fishing vessel, The Trevignon, in the Indian Ocean, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. The French fishing vessel The Trevignon  on Tuesday began towing an Italian cruise ship drifting powerless in the Indian Ocean to a nearby Seychelles island, but was not expected to reach the tiny resort island until Wednesday, officials said. Seychelles authorities said they are making arrangements to evacuate people to the island of Desroches and then to transfer the more than 1,000 passengers and crew members to the main Seychelles island of Mahe by plane and fast boats. (AP Photo/Le Talenduic, Reunion Island Prefecture, HO)

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    Another cruise nightmare: an Italian ship with more than 1,000 passengers and crew is being towed to safety by a French fishing vessel after a generator fire caused the luxury cruiser to lose power. The Costa Allegra, which belongs to the same fleet as the capsized Costa Concordia, was adrift in the Indian Ocean—in an area rife with Somali pirates—without air conditioning and almost without radio after the generator failed. All of the passengers are safe, according to the ship’s owner, and Italian authorities have sent four other ships to help the stranded vessel.

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