A cruise ship with about a hundred passengers and a cargo ship are in trouble come to the coast of Norway. The area has suffered from stormy weather. The authorities put under more helicopters in to take people on board.
The ship Viking Sky had engine trouble and was drifting toward land. The crew sent a distress signal. The vessel has a motor start up and is anchored at about 2 km from the coast, says the maritime rescue service. The ship would be no more uncontrolled floating.
The evacuation of crew is hindered by the bad weather. The waves are 6 to 8 metres high and the wind is blowing hard. Two lifeboats were forced to reverse it, says the maritime rescue service. “If we have to evacuate, it will cost a lot of time,” says a spokesman.
The authorities had in addition to ships, four helicopters were called for the rescue operation. Also on country reception centres has been prepared.
Passengers are to the turn of the deck and taken to a village flown that lies north of the city of Molde. The police reports that so far about a hundred people have been evacuated.
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Like the second ship
Later on Saturday received the Norwegian coast guard a distress signal from another ship that is stranded off the coast of Hustadvika. It is going to be a cargo ship near the cruise ship.
That means that there is a second rescue rope needs to be taken. The Norwegian television channel NRK reported that according to the Norwegian coast guard the cargo ship, like the cruise ship with engine problems it faces.
The stranded cargo ship. (photo: REUTERS)