Cruise ship off Norway evacuated due to strong winds, engine trouble

Cruise ship off Norway evacuated due to strong winds, engine trouble

Emergency services said on Saturday they had begun airlifting 1,300 passengers off a cruise ship in trouble off the Norwegian coast.

The cruise ship Viking Sky as it drifts after sending a Mayday signal because of engine failure in windy conditions near Hustadvika.

It was later able to restart one engine and was anchored just over a mile from land and no longer adrift. The outlet added that five helicopters and "a number of vessels" were helping with rescue efforts. Right now, the ship is secured with one anchor.

"I started to pray".

Norwegian media says British and American tourists make up the majority of the passengers.

Rescue services are working to get the ship's engine running.

While one passenger shared shocking footage which showed passengers gathered in a lounge on board the ship as furniture can be seen sliding across the room and colliding with guests, before part of the ceiling breaks, with debris landing on the heads of guests seated directly below.

The Viking Sky ship sent a distress signal Saturday due to "engine problems in bad weather", said Borghild Eldoen, a spokeswoman for the Joint Rescue Centre for Southern Norway.

Four helicopters and vessels from the Norwegian coast guard are participating in the evacuation.

Eight people suffered light injuries and had been evacuated, said the rescue service, which was coordinating the response.

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"It is risky to encounter engine problems in these waters, which hide numerous reefs", Franck said.

Another vessel had been despatched to try to tow the Viking Sky into port, possibly removing the need for the airlift.

"The boat is stable".

All search and rescue teams in the region are mobilizing, including 60 volunteers from the Norwegian Red Cross, a spokesman said.

Passengers looking for an exciting cruise vacation are getting much more than they bargained for off west coast of Norway this weekend.

The shallow, ten nautical mile section of coastline is known for its many small islands and reefs.

The ship, built in 2017, belongs to Viking Ocean Cruises founded by Norwegian billionaire Torstein Hagen.

In addition to United States and British nationals, there were also passengers from 14 other countries on board, Fjeld said.

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