Cruise Ship Loses Engine In High Waves Off Norway As Passengers Evacuated – NPR

The Viking Sky cruise ship sent out a mayday call on Saturday after encountering engine problems amid high seas and strong wind.

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The Viking Sky cruise ship sent out a mayday call on Saturday after encountering engine problems amid high seas and strong wind.

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A cruise ship off of Norway’s western coast was evacuating its 1,300 passengers after losing power and issuing a mayday call on Saturday.

Helicopters and boats were helping with the evacuation process that’s expected to continue for many hours, The Associated Press reports.

The Viking Sky, operated by Viking Ocean Cruises, was experiencing engine problems, the Norwegian newspaper VG reports. At the time, the cruise ship was also encountering high seas and strong winds, the newspaper said.

The ship is in Hustadsvika Bay, an area that, as Reuters reports, is known “for its fierce weather” where “shallow waters are dotted with reefs.”

The Norwegian government is studying whether to “build a giant ocean tunnel through a nearby mountain to improve safety” in the bay, according to the news agency.

After the crew was able to restart one engine, police say the Viking Sky moved farther offshore and dropped anchor. So far, only about 100 people have been evacuated, according to the AP.

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