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Viking Sky cruise ship safely arrives at Norwegian port after engine disaster

26 March 2019

According to TMZ, the Viking Sky cruise ship, operated by Viking Ocean Cruises, issued a mayday call Saturday due to engine problems, high waves and strong winds.

Jan Terbruegen was one of the passengers to be rescued from the ship.

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.

A Norwegian cruise ship is evacuating passengers after experiencing engine problems in rough weather.

The cruise line said it has made arrangements for passengers to fly home, with some leaving Sunday.

The Philippine government is monitoring the ongoing rescue operations for the passengers of Viking Sky. There were 436 guests and 458 crew members on board the ship when it reached port.

The vessel is making slow headway at two to three knots (4-5 kilometres) an hour off the unsafe, rocky coast and a tug will help it towards the port of Molde, about 500 kilometres northwest of Oslo, officials said. "The ship drifted to within 100 metres of running aground before they were able to restart one of the engines", police chief Hans Vik, who heads the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre for southern Norway, told TV2.

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Most of those on board are said to be British or United States citizens.

They were forced to divert some resources when a nearby freight vessel lost engine power, putting that ship's crew in danger, rescue center officials said.

The tugboats, one in front and the other behind, were towing the ship at 7 knots (13 kilometers per hour).

As of Monday morning, 10 people were still hospitalized, down from the 20 who were treated shoreside for what Viking over the weekend called "non-life-threatening" injuries. The vessel is about 80km from Molde, Norway's maritime rescue service said.

The ship was on a 12-day cruise along Norway's coast before its scheduled arrival Tuesday in the British port of Tilbury, on the River Thames.

Built in 2017, the Viking Sky is 227 meters long (745 feet) and 29 meters wide, the Viking Ocean Cruises website said.

Viking Sky cruise ship safely arrives at Norwegian port after engine disaster