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Italian cruise ship adrift in Indian Ocean being tugged to nearby island

(Xinhua)

15:14, February 28, 2012

NAIROBI, Feb 28, (Xinhua) - An Italian cruise ship drifting in the Indian Ocean following a fire was tugged Tuesday to a nearby island by a French fishing boat, the Seychelles Coast Guard said.

"The Seychelles Coast Guard can confirm that a French purse seiner vessel reached the location of the Costa Allegra last night and is towing the vessel towards Desroches island," said a statement from the Coast Guard.

The Italian cruise liner Costa Allegra, with more than 1,000 passengers and crew members on board, went adrift on Monday after a fire in its engine room.

Company officials said there were no injuries reported.

Aside from the French fishing boat, the Seychelles has also sent rescue vessels to the site, 418 km off its coast.

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