About 479 passengers from the cruise ship Viking Sky have been rescued by a helicopter off the Norwegian coast due to engine trouble on Saturday afternoon (GMT +1).
It is said that the ship carrying around 1,300 individuals left the northern city of Tromsoe and was headed for Stavanger in Southern Norway despite the storm warnings.
Out of the 479 passengers, 20 have been sent to hospitals because of cuts and fractures. Some also reportedly experienced trauma.
The rescue took about 20-hours starting from the mayday call on Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning.
There are no casualties on the incident. Most of the passengers are English speakers mixed of American, British, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian.
According to Norwegian police, there was no suspicious criminal offense although the authorities were probing the reason behind the engine problem.
In an interview with USA Today, Ian Jeffries the spokesman of the cruise ship “Viking Sky is an ocean-going vessel built to the highest standards. It is designed to sail worldwide. It had onboard two experienced local Norwegian pilots who were there to advise the captain.”
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