Norwegian helicopters have continued to evacuate people aboard a cruise ship whose engine is off the country’s western coast amid heavy waves and bad weather. Three of the four engines of the “Viking Sky” were working again, a spokesman said on Sunday morning. Thus, the ship could drive again with own strength. It should now be towed to a port.
The evacuation of the in a storm in distress hit cruise ship with originally 1373 people on board lasted overnight: Early Sunday morning, the police reported that so far about 338 people were rescued by helicopter. 17 of them were injured, three of them reportedly having a hard time. According to shipping company Viking Ocean Cruise were 915 passengers, mainly from Britain and the United States, and 458 crew members on board.
The nine crew members of a in the same coastal area also in distress freighter have been brought to safety, according to news agency NTB. In the cargo ship “Hagland Captain” was also the engine failed. Then it got list, said the Southern Norwegian rescue service. The freighter was on its way to “Viking Sky” to help.
The evacuees were sent to an emergency room in the city of Brynhallen, some 500 kilometers north of the capital, Oslo. The injured were then taken to three hospitals.
The radio station NRK showed recordings of the “Viking Sky” in heavy waves in the dangerous coastline Hustadvika, in which there are numerous small islands and reefs. The Southern Norwegian Rescue Service said that the ship had sent an emergency call for driving problems in adverse weather conditions and is heading towards the coast.
While several helicopters and ships were used for evacuation, at the same time trying to get the engine started again. Various authorities and organizations were involved, including the Red Cross. The cruise ship was initially at anchor.
The coastal section Hustadvika is located near Kristiansund on the central west coast of Norway and is considered a dangerous sea area. There have been ship accidents more often in the past. The “Viking Sky” was christened in 2017. She is traveling under the Norwegian flag.