/ 1 March 2012

Passengers disembark from stricken Costa Allegra

Passengers Disembark From Stricken Costa Allegra

Relieved passengers disembarked from a disabled cruise ship docked in the island nation of the Seychelles on Thursday after three days at sea without power.

Dozens of officials flocked to the port to help passengers, some of whom applauded as the Costa Allegra neared shore.

An unidentified Italian passenger told Sky TG24 TV in the port of Mahé that it was “very difficult” to be aboard the boat without electric power but that there was no panic. A fire in the generator room knocked out power on Monday as the ship was cruising from Madagascar to the Seychelles. A French fishing boat then towed the Allegra.

Tour operators lined up dozens of buses to take passengers to either the airport or a resort. Disembarkation of the more than 1 000 people onboard was expected to take several hours. — Sapa-AP