Cruise Ship Adrift Off Norway To Evacuate 1,300 Passengers


23 March 2019, 18:12

A cruise ship will evacuate its 1,300 passengers after suffering engine failure in windy weather off the coast of Norway, said police, Euronews reports.

The Viking Sky was drifting towards land and had sent out a mayday signal, said the country’s maritime rescue service.

The ship belongs to Viking Ocean Cruises, part of the Viking Cruises group founded by Norwegian billionaire Torstein Hagen. According to the company website, its passenger capacity is 930.

Helicopters and vessels were headed toward the area and facilities to receive passengers were being prepared on land, the rescue service added.

Wind was blowing at a speed of 38 knots, police told Norwegian newspaper VG.