1300 cruise ship passengers were reportedly evacuated by helicopters and boats on Saturday, March 23, after a vessel off the coast of Norway due to engine problems and foul weather.
The Associated Press reported that the Viking Sky, which was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew members, asked for help after it began migrating landward because of the engine problems.
In the photos and videos obtained from the scene, the large vessel was seen surrounded by intensely choppy waters.
According to Moere og Romsdal police, the ship ultimately dropped anchor in Hustadsvika Bay after which responders arrived with both helicopters and boats in order to evacuate the passengers and crew members.
Norwegian public broadcaster NRK reported that the evacuation will take time as people needed to be hoisted individually into the helicopters. The rough weather has made rescue efforts more difficult.
As per the report, responders had removed more than 100 passengers from the Viking Sky by the evening.
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