Costa Concordia sister ship adrift after fire aboard
Passengers, crew unharmed by flames in engine room27 February, 17:36
All 1,049 passengers and crew were reportedly unharmed aboard the 28,500-ton Costa Allegra, four times smaller than the liner that ran aground off the coast of Giglio Island in January, killing over two dozen people.
"There are no safety concerns," Claudio Izzi, consul of the Seychelles, told ANSA. "The fire was extinguished. The ship had departed from Mauritius en route to Seychelles where it should arrive tomorrow morning at 8:00". Ship engines were turned off after flames reportedly broke out in the engine room and were put out before reaching other parts of the ship, Costa said. The ship is currently in black-out mode and awaiting towing with energy use limited to emergency-battery power in the cabin area, according to the Port Authority. Italy has directed three commercial ships and two fishing boats for rescue operations and the Seychelles have sent two tugboats, a ship and an airplane. Costa said it had dispatched its own ships to help with the rescue.