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Cruise ship Norwegian coast in distress : rescue of the passengers is supposed to last the whole night

A cruise ship with 1300 passengers on Board, ran off the Norwegian coast in distress. The "Viking Sky" have only one functioning engine, and the Wind was "quite strong", said the head of the police operation, Tor Andre Franck. The ship should be evacuated.

by evening, this will be the first 136 people to the country, said a spokesman for the rescue teams. The rescue work could take all night. According to rescue five helicopters are in use. The weather conditions were very difficult, which is why only very few people could be picked up by the helicopters from the ship. The use would continue all night, said Fjeld. The people on Board the "Viking Sky" were in safety.

so Far, the ship was "stable," said a spokeswoman for the rescue forces. "It threw out the anchor, and one of the engines is operating." According to rescuers, there is only one slightly injured. So far, the rescue operation had been carried out well, said another spokesman for the North wegischen broadcaster NRK.

The radio station NRK showed footage of the "Viking Sky" in a strong swell in the dangerous part of coast of Hustadvika, where there are numerous small Islands and reefs. The incident had occurred about two kilometers before the coast.

The südnorweg of rescue service said the ship had stopped because of the drive problems in case of adverse weather conditions, an emergency call and driving in the direction of the coast. Several helicopters and ships were on the way to the area. The Hustadvika waters are located in Kristiansund on the West Central coast of Norway and is considered as a dangerous area, in the frequent ship accidents happened.

In the same coastal area that a freighter was in distress. The "Hagland Captain" I too have a failed Motor. It's got a flip side, informed the südnorweg of rescue service. The Norwegian television reported that the freighter had been on the way to the cruise ship "Viking Sky" to help with the ongoing rescue operation.

According to the rescue service, two rescue were diverted the helicopter, which had been on the way to the "Viking Sky". The evacuation of the cruise ship delaying. The people on Board were safe. The police informed that nine members of the crew of the "Hagland Captain" should be brought to the ship. (dpa/AFP)

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