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Fire extinguished on Costa Allegra

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On February - 27 - 2012

A fire broke out in the generator room of the Costa Allegra leaving the vessel adrift in the Indian Ocean off the Seychelles Islands. According to company reports there were no casualties from the fire as it was extinguished quickly, but it has left the ship crippled unable to generate power for propulsion. Costa Crociere said in a statement that a general emergency alarm was “promptly sounded” as a precaution, and that all passengers and crew not involved in the emergency reached assembly points. Onboard the ship are 636 passengers and 413 crew members. The statement also added that the fire began in Costa Allegra’s electric generator room, “the special firefighting units intervened to extinguish it. The fire did not spread to any other area of the ship. There were no injuries or casualties.” The company did not release any information on what caused the fire.

costaallegraThe 615-feet long Allegra was built in 1992 and carries 800 passengers. The stranded ship is being assisted by the Seychelles coast guard and will be towed to shore in the coming hours. The incident on Costa Allegra follows the tragic accident six weeks ago on board the Costa Concordia, which capsized off Italy killing 32 people.

Reported by Anita Dunham-Potter (editor@www.expertcruiser.com)

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