March 24, 2019 - The evacuation of the passengers of the Viking Sky, which got into distress off Norway's coast, continues. There are 1373 people on board the luxury cruise ship, including the crew. The ship heads for the city of Molde in Norway, led by two tugs.
There must have been dramatic scenes on board. Passengers posted messages and videos showing how the ship was shaken in heavy seas. Furnishings flew around the ship and elements of the ceiling paneling came off. Passengers wear life jackets in public areas.
In the meantime the situation has stabilized somewhat. The Viking Sky sails to the Norwegian port city with its own engine, guided by two tugs Molde to. Including the auxiliary machines, three engines should run. The evacuation of the total of 915 ship guests and the 458 crew members with five helicopters has been stopped. Today, around 11:00am, it was said that 460 of the total of 1.373 people had been evacuated from the ship. Seventeen passengers were taken to hospital injured.
Sister ship Viking Sea
At the same time, the cargo ship "Hagland Captain" got into distress. It wanted to come to the aid of the cruise ship. The engine on the Hagland Captain also failed and the cargo ship tilted. The coast guard then took the nine-man crew off board. The coastal section of Hustadvika near Romsdal is a dangerous sea area because of the many underwater reefs there.
In a statement, the shipping company informed that the safety of the passengers was the main goal of the shipping company. The following trip “Scandinavia & the Kiel Channel” planned for March 27th has been canceled. According to the shipping company, further cancellations of trips are not expected.