Evacuation begins as cruise ship carrying 1300 sends mayday call off Norway

Cruise Ship Limps Back Into Port After Evacuating Hundreds Of Passengers From Nightmare Ride

The ship was carrying 1,373 passengers and crew members when it had engine trouble in an unpredictable area of Norway's western coast known for rough, frigid waters.

Viking Sky has issued a mayday for urgent help after suffering from power loss in bad weather conditions.

Helicopters have been airlifting the people one by one since Saturday night and the process could continue through Sunday.

The rescues took place under hard conditions that included wind gusts up to 38 knots (43 mph) and waves over 8 meters (26 feet).

Comprising mostly of both British and American Tourists, passengers have taken to social media to post the event as they wait for rescue. That was the most frightening thing, I think.

"It was frightening at first".

Passenger Alexus Sheppard from northern California said Saturday she had been waiting nearly six hours to be evacuated. "And when the general alarm sounded it became VERY real".

Footage from inside the vessel showed it heaving violently in rough seas. "The best word I suppose is surreal".

"We were having lunch when it began to shake. Dishes were all over the place", he said.

Viking Cruises released a statement saying "The evacuation is proceeding with all necessary caution".

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Rescue officials said 379 passengers had been rescued from a disabled cruise ship off Norway's rocky coast on Sunday, as an intense rescue operation continued to save evacuate hundreds of others still on board. "I grabbed my wife but I couldn't hold on. I said to myself, 'This is it, '" Horgen recalled.

Because only one of the ship's engines is running, rescuers are trying to get the rest of the engines "working again so the ship can go by its own machine to a safe harbor" to bring all the passengers to shore.

En route to Molde, Viking Sky is being accompanied by two offshore supply ships and one tug assist vessel.

The cruise ship had been en route from Tromso to Stavanger.

The 915 passengers were mainly from the United States and Britain, the rescue services said. The trip on the helicopter, I would rather forget.

The ship has been able to restart three of its four engines on Sunday morning but still needed assistance.

The evacuation operation for Viking Sky, which lost engine power in a storm off the coast of western Norway on Saturday, has ended.

Viking Ocean Cruises now has six 930-passenger vessels. By 6 p.m., some 100 people had been rescued and were being taken to a nearby sports hall.

MV Viking Sky is a Viking Ocean Cruises ship, which had its maiden voyage in 2017.

Torstein Hagen, the founder and chairman of Viking Cruises, met some of those who had been airlifted.

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