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Tuesday
Feb282012

Stranded Cruise Ship Costa Allegra Being Towed to Seychelles Island

LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/Getty Images(PORT LOUIS, Mauritius) -- The luxury cruise liner that went adrift in the Indian Ocean on Monday after a fire broke out on board is now being towed to an island in the Seychelles.

With the help of a French merchant ship, the Costa Allegra is expected to arrive in Mahe Thursday morning.

Earlier, it was reported that the cruise ship would be towed to Desroches, but Costa Cruises changed the location because it "does not assure the necessary and adequate security conditions for mooring the ship and guests’ disembarkation."

The company added that the accomodations on Desroches are insufficient for the 636 passengers and 413 crew members on board.

The Costa Allegra was left stranded in pirate-infested waters on Monday after a blaze broke out in its engine room, knocking out power on the ship.  Costa Cruises released a statement saying that no one was injured and that the fire had been quickly extinguished.

This is the second emergency situation this year for the Italian cruise line, which is owned by Carnival Cruises.  In January, 32 people were killed when the Costa Concordia capsized after hitting rocks off the Italian island of Giglio.  Seven people are still missing and presumed dead.

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Friday
Dec232011

Indonesian Girl Feared Dead in 2004 Tsunami Finds Her Way Back Home

USGS.gov(Meulaboh, INDONESIA) -- It is a Christmas miracle seven years in the making.

The Indonesian news agency, Antara, reported this week a that young girl named Wati, long thought lost and dead in the aftermath of the devastating 2004 tsunami, found her way back home to her family.

Wati, now a teenager, was only 8 years old when a wall of water crashed through and erased her village of Ujong Baroh in Aceh -- one of the hardest hit provinces in Indonesia.

The 8-year-old was clinging with her two siblings to their mother Yusinar as they tried to escape the unforgiving waters. The force of the waves proved too strong and Wati was ripped from her family, consumed by the water, never to been seen again.

Until this week.

According to Antara, Wati’s grandfather Ibrahim was visited by a friend on Wednesday in the city of Meulaboh with a teenager in tow. Initially mistaken for beggar, the teen was found sitting alone in a coffee bar. When approached she said that she had arrived by bus from the provincial capital of Banda Aceh. She was trying to find her way home but did not know how. The teen had lost all memory of her parents’ and relatives’ names but could remember her grandfather’s name was Ibrahim.

Ibrahim reportedly was convinced that this teen was indeed his long-lost granddaughter Wati and immediately called Yusinar and her husband over to his home.

Wati’s parents were able to confirm her identify by distinguishing features: a small mole and a scar she got above her eyebrow when she was 6 years old.

What happened to Wati and where she has been in the years since she was swept away was not immediately disclosed to press but for her family, Wati’s return was sure to have been a long awaited happy ending to seven years of grief.

The deadly 2004 tsunami, triggered by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake in the Indian Ocean, killed more than 150,000 people in Southeast and South Asia.

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