- The Viking Sky cruise ship is evacuating passengers after it began experiencing engine problems off the coast of Norway.
- At 6 p.m. local time, Norwegian officials said rescue workers had managed to evacuate about 100 people so far out of the 1,300 on board.
- A local paper has reported that two rescue vessels were forced to turn back after meeting waves that were over 30 feet high.
- A video uploaded to Twitter, apparently from a passenger on board, shows that the interior of the ship has taken in some water.
On Saturday afternoon, the Viking Sky cruise ship began evacuating passengers off Norway’s western coast. Stormy conditions, including heavy winds and rough water, caused the ship to experience engine problems.
At 6 p.m. local time, Norwegian officials said rescue workers had managed to evacuate about 100 people so far. There were reportedly 1,300 people, including passengers and crew, on board from the outset.
Rescue teams with helicopters and boats have been sent to help, though it appears that airlifting has proven more effective. According to a Twitter user who claims to be on board the Viking Sky, officials are “evacuating the entire ship by helicopters.”
— Ryan Flynn (@RyanDFlynn11) March 23, 2019
Another Twitter user who claims to be on the ship has corroborated that account, writing that passengers are currently being evacuated by helicopter.
— Alexus Sheppard 🏳️🌈 (@alexus309) March 23, 2019
According to a local Norwegian paper, two rescue vessels were forced to turn back after meeting waves that were over 30 feet high.
#VikingSky : Two rescue vessels went out to help, but had to turn back, met waves 10-15 m high, brutale conditions. From local paper: https://t.co/GrRbxqwp3n
— Tore (@potifar66) March 23, 2019
A video uploaded to Twitter, apparently from another passenger on board, appears to show that the interior of the ship has taken in some water.
The same person tweeted separately, “Crew is doing a good job. Evacuation is slow. Seas rough. One muster station had a door blow in, injure pax and flood. Moved to midship.”
— David Hernandez (@oxman78) March 23, 2019
Other videos and photos have surfaced on social media from people onshore with a visual of the stranded ship.
Evakuering med helikopter fra MS Viking Sky. Dramatisk syn da ankerfestet slapp og cruisbåten drev av og forsvant bak låven til høyre, men heldigvis fikk de ankerfeste utenfor Hustad Gjestegård. #vikingsky #hustadvika #fræna
As the Associated Press previously reported, Viking Sky encountered propulsion problems as strong winds and heavy seas hit Norway’s coastal regions. The ship was forced to moor in Hustadsvika Bay, between the western Norwegian cities of Alesund and Trondheim.
The evacuation process is expected to take several hours.
INSIDER has reached out to the apparent passengers whose social media posts have been cited here. We will update this post with any confirmations or correspondence.
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