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Cruise ship passengers reportedly evacuated from the ship off Norway coast

The cruise ship Viking Sky, anchored in heavy weather, after he sent a mayday signal because of engine failure in windy conditions, in the area of Hustadvika, on the west coast of Norway.
(Frank Einar Vatne / NTB scanpix via AP)

An evacuation of the passengers of the cruise ship reportedly was underway Saturday after a ship off the coast of Norway had propulsion problems in the middle of bad weather.

The Viking Sky, a luxurious ship of 1300 passengers and crew members, signaled for help after a hit with the engine problems and began migrating landward side, The Associated Press reported, with reference to the Norwegian newspaper VG.

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Photos from the scene showed the large vessel is surrounded by choppy, white-capped waves.
(Odd Roar Long / NTB scanpix via AP)

Photos from the scene showed the large vessel is surrounded by an intensely turbulent waters.

The ship was finally able to drop anchor in Hustadsvika Bay, according to the police in Moere og Romsdal; responders reportedly came with both helicopters and boats in their efforts to resolve all on board.

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Emergency responders reportedly arrived with both helicopters and boats in their efforts to resolve all on board.
(Odd Roar Long / NTB scanpix via AP)

The evacuation will take time, as passengers had to be lifted individually from the cruise ship to one of the five available helicopters, the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK reported. The rough weather made rescue operations by the way of life of the boats or other vessels is not possible, authorities told NRK.

Responders had allegedly removed 100 people from the Viking Sky by the evening, local time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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