As if things couldn’t get any worse for Costa Crociere, it has been reported that the Costa Concordia sister ship, Costa Allegra, has suffered a fire on board and is currently adrift 200 miles south west of the Seychelles, near Alphonse Island.
Costa Crociere have confirmed this report and stated that the fire is under control and no passengers or crew have been harmed.
It is believed that the fire broke out in the electrical generators room and has left the Allegra without propulsions but she does still have full radio contact.
Costa Crociere have also confirmed that tugs and other naval units are en-route to the vessel after the Captain sent out a distress signal.
Commander Cosimo Nicastro of the Italian coast guard told the BBC –
“it took the crew a few hours to extinguish the fire.
Although the ship is in the middle of the Indian Ocean, there are no problems for the passengers, he said
The Seychelles’ maritime authority is sending a ship, power boats and aircraft to the Costa Allegra because she cannot move.
They probably need to tow the ship to a Seychelles port, he said”.
There are 636 passengers and 413 crew members on board.
The Allegra left the port of Diego Suarez in Madagascar on Saturday.