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    >>> the cruise ship disabled by a fire at sea off the coast of africa on monday is slowly being pulled toward port tonight. the second major incident now involving costa cruise lines in six weeks. raising more safety questions about an industry that serves millions of people each year. our report here tonight from nbc's tom costello.

    >> reporter: "the costa allegra " dead in the water , under tow and now expected to arrive some time tomorrow. on board, more than 1,000 passengers and crew who have gone without power and hot food. their only supplies delivered by helicopter. meanwhile, its sister ship " costa concordia " remains half submerged off the coast of italy. almost seven weeks ago she ran aground, 25 dead, seven missing. as they continue to drain the ship of its fuel, engineers are still trying to decide what to do with the massive wreck. jane thomas ' daughter rebecca is a dancer on the " costa allegra ." her son james survived the " costa concordia " disaster.

    >> it's an event we didn't expect to relive.

    >> those first couple of seconds, i went, please do not say it's what happened to me because i wouldn't wish that on anyone.

    >> reporter: two other survivors told their harrowing stories on capitol hill today.

    >> we decided amongst ourselves and located a rock where we could swim to in case they kept us waiting any longer to get into the life boats .

    >> reporter: terrifying stories causing concern among cruise ship travelers in the u.s. they are owned by parent company carnival cruise line , the biggest operator in the world, last year carrying nearly 10 million people. today the coast guard insisted ships traveling into and out of u.s. waters have a good track record. judge, we have the most rigorous examination program in the world.

    >> reporter: back on the " costa allegra ," it's been three days of no air conditioning and sleeping on ocean decks as the cruise ship industry suffers another black eye in as many months.

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