Stranded cruise ship limps to­ward shore

The Buffalo News - - WORLD NEWS -

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.

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