Cruise Ship Adrift in Pirate Waters

The sister ship of the Costa Concordia is stranded in the Indian Ocean.
2:15 | 02/28/12

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Now to an emergency at -- right now. A desperate race to rescue passengers on another -- carnival's cruise ship. That's in trouble -- stranded without power in Indian Ocean where Somali pirates are carried out attacks. ABC's Bob Hasan has the latest from London good morning Lama. Good morning to you Robin -- get this some money parts of attack boats at least a 150 times lost here in that area. So the cult says Niagara is buying now being escorted by the Coast Guard the -- tree and there are guards on board ferrying passengers to safety. Thankfully no one is being hurt but -- is a race against time to get them to shore. This morning new images of the Costa and Niagara stranded at sea -- -- swarming with Somali pirates. In the Indian Ocean. -- is -- risk and -- you advise any ships that travel that far away from the main islands to have armed guards on board and this cruise ship. We have -- on guns to respond if they were attacked. No pirates had been -- yet but you concede the passengers only the top deck desperately waiting for help. This softer -- not merit C overnight when the more than 1000 passengers and crew onboard including eight Americans. Were forced to sleep in the open air. -- no air conditioning or cooking facilities. Passengers were given bread quarter and some fruits. For the passengers their dream vacation turned into a nightmare on Monday. A far broke out in the electrical generator -- it was quickly extinguished but the power was knocked out. Switching off the engines and plunging the entire -- into darkness. Running only on emergency power began drifting 200 miles from the shore. This accident is another major blow to the Costa cruise line owned by carnival. Its sister ship the cost of the -- crashed and ran aground to six weeks ago hitting at least 25 people. And listen to this remarkable coincidence for one mother heard torture is now stop onboard the costs and agro. Just weeks off to her son was trapped on the -- second cornea she said she couldn't believe -- -- -- could strike twice.

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