French Boat Towing Stranded Costa Cruise Ship

Costa Allegra due to arrive at Seychelles island

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 28, 2012 3:49 AM CST

(Newser) – A French fishing boat is towing the Costa Allegra to the Seychelles after the Concordia's sister ship lost power yesterday, officials say. The more than 1,000 people aboard the ship will be evacuated to Descroches island, and then sent to the Seychelles' main island, Mahe. A pair of tug boats are also on their way to the Allegra, and engineers are headed to the ship by air. Pirates have operated in the area, AP notes, but a Costa company official says it's "not a high risk area," noting that the ship's armed guards would "respond" to any attack.

The Costa Allegra cruise ship is seen from an airplane near the Seychelles.
The Costa Allegra cruise ship is seen from an airplane near the Seychelles.   (AP Photo/Indian Navy via Seychelles Office of the President)
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