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Cruise ship stranded off Norway’s coast reached the port after the harrowing helicopter rescues

connectVideoHelicopters necessary to evacuate a cruise ship off the coast of Norway

The rough waters are the prevention of life boats to get close to the ship.

A cruise ship reached the Norwegian port of Molde on Sunday, a day after the crew issued a mayday call that led to hundreds of passengers is airlifted to safety.

The Viking Sky limped into port on Sunday, accompanied by tugs after the horrifying agony that the furniture in the ship smashing into walls, glass flying, pieces of the ceiling collapse, as passengers and crew held on as the ship rocked from left to right.

The ship was carrying 1,373 passengers and crew members when it had engine trouble in a unpredictable environment of the Norwegian west coast is known by the rough, cold waters. The crew issued a mayday call Saturday afternoon.

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The workers could not use the lifeboats, or other vessels to evacuate the passengers due to the conditions that included gusts of 43 miles per hour and waves up to more than 26 metres high. Five helicopters were deployed and worked day and night to the passengers of the ship to land. Helicopters were stopped with the removal of the passengers through the Sunday morning, when the ship was ready to sail to the coast.

Passengers aboard the Viking Sky, were waiting to be evacuated after the vessel encountered bad circumstances off the coast of Norway on Saturday.
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Viking Ocean Cruises, the company that is the owner and operator of the vessel, said 479 passengers were airlifted to the country, leaving a total of 436 passengers and 458 members of the crew on board as the ship voyage to the port.

“We understand that 20 people suffered injuries as a result of this incident, and they are all receiving care at the relevant medical centres in Norway, with a number of already fired,” the company said.

Passengers said they suffered cuts to their hands and faces from the flying glass. Rodney Horgen, a Minnesota native who was on the cruise, recalled to The Associated Press how his wife was “rejected by the chamber.”

Passengers are helped from a rescue helicopter in Fraena, Norway, Sunday.
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“When the windows and the door flew open and the 2 feet of water swept people and tables 20 to 30 metres, that was the breaker. I said to myself: ‘This is it,'” Horgen said. “I grabbed my wife, but I couldn’t hold it. And she was thrown into the room. And then got them back again again by the wave to come back.

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“I don’t have much hope. I knew how cold that water was and where we were and the waves and everything. You would not last long. That was very, very frightening,” he added.

Carolyn Savikas, from Pennsylvania, called for a “truly a huge wave crashing into the cruise ship and the restaurant of the shattering of a door.

“We were in the restaurant when a really huge wave came and destroyed a door and flooded the entire restaurant,” Savikas told the Norwegian VG publication of the newspaper. “All I saw were the bones, arms, water, and tables. It was like the Titanic – just like the pictures you have seen of the Titanic.”

The cruise ship Viking Sky and arrives at the port of Molde, Norway on Sunday.
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Viking Cruises chairman Torstein Hagen praised Norwegian authorities and the crew of the ship for the rescue operation.

“I am very proud of our crew,” Hagen told VG.

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The ship was a visit to the Norwegian towns of Narvik, Alta, Tromso, Bodo and Stavanger before the scheduled arrival on Tuesday in the British port of Tilbury on the River Thames. The passengers were mostly a mix of American, British, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian citizens.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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