Stranded cruise ship limps toward shore
LONDON – A cruise ship that set out with more than 1,300 people aboard finally reached the Norwegian shore on Sunday after having been stranded at sea for nearly 24 hours with engine trouble.
More than 890 people –
436 passengers and 458 crew members – were left on the 47,800-ton ship, the Viking Sky, as it struggled back to Molde, a coastal town in western Norway, after some of the engines were restarted. On Sunday about 4:30 p.m. local time, after some six hours of traveling at sea with one tugboat in front and another in the rear, the vessel docked.
In footage shared on Twitter, cheers and whoops could be heard from onshore.
“It has reached Molde; everything has gone according to plan,” Einar Knudsen, a spokesman for the Joint Rescue Coordination Center for Southern Norway, which led the rescue operation, said by phone Sunday.
Before the ship managed to limp back to port, rescuers had undertaken a harrowing operation in rough weather to evacuate hundreds of people by helicopter.
Passengers told NBC News that many had been hurt by falling objects and shattered glass as waves rocked the ship.
The passengers, many of them older adults, came from countries including Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.