Costa Cruises liner towed to Indian Ocean island

February 28, 2012 07:37


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VICTORIA - The cruise liner Costa Allegra, which started drifting in the Indian Ocean after an engine room fire, was being towed on Tuesday to a nearby island, the Seychelles tourism authority said.

The liner, with more than 1,000 people on board, is owned by the same company as the Costa Concordia, on which at least 25 people died when it ran aground off Italy last month."It is now being towed to Desroches Island where there is a luxury resort and passengers can at least take a shower before they are flown to Mahe," Seychelles Tourism Authority Chief Executive Alain St Ange said.

Desroches Island is about 230 km (144 miles) southwest of Mahe, the main island in the Seychelles archipelago.

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