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1,300 people are being airlifted from a cruise ship off the coast of Norway, which was left stranded by windy conditions and massive waves

Published by Business Insider on Sat, 23 Mar 2019


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."Severe injuries on the @VikingCruises Viking Sky. Evacuating the entire ship by helicopters. Off the coast of Norway near Molde. Slow process! @cnnbrk @ABC @NBCNews @CBSNews' Ryan Flynn (@RyanDFlynn11) March 23, 2019Another Twitter user who claims to be on the ship has corroborated that account, writing that passengers are currently being evacuated by helicopter.We're waiting for evacuation by helicopter #VikingSky #Mayday pic.twitter.com/rqSYaWGi0k' Alexus Sheppard '''' (@alexus309) March 23, 2019According 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, 2019A video uploaded to Twitter, apparently from another passenger on board, appears to show that the interior of the ship has taken in some water.#vikingsky emergency pic.twitter.com/9bxdRpB2zV' David Hernandez (@oxman78) March 23, 2019The 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."Passenger on board #VikingSky 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 pic.twitter.com/ndvEaJew8L' David Hernandez (@oxman78) March 23, 2019Other videos and photos have surfaced on social media from people onshore with a visual of the stranded ship.IMG 7826 https://t.co/e4OEHfnbPl via @YouTube' HRS Sr-Norge (@HRSSorNorge) March 23, 2019#vikingsky #hustadvika heavy sea pic.twitter.com/hoiAkYnVI9' Ludviken (@Ludvikeen) March 23, 2019 Evakuering med helikopter fra MS Viking Sky. Dramatisk syn da ankerfestet slapp og cruisbten drev av og forsvant bak lven til hyre, men heldigvis fikk de ankerfeste utenfor Hustad Gjestegrd. #vikingsky #hustadvika #frna A post shared by Belinda L. (@bjoernjh53) on Mar 23, 2019 at 10:05am PDTon Mar 23, 2019 at 10:05am PDT 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.Join the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: Here's how North Korea's Kim Jong Un became one of the world's scariest dictators
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