The damaged cruise ship "Viking Sky" is retracted without incident in the Norwegian port. The Norwegian television showed images, such as tugs brought the huge ship in the afternoon in the port of Molde. Previously, the engines of the ship had been repaired, so that it could travel under their own power. It was then tugs headed in the direction of the port.
The evacuation of the ship with helicopters has been suspended, informed the südnorweg of rescue service. In the hours before that about 460 of the total of 1373 people were flown to the aircraft to Land.
The "Viking Sky" on Saturday afternoon due to problems with the drive in a dangerous section of the Central West coast of Norway in distress. According to shipping company information 915 passengers and 458 crew members were on Board the 227-Meter-long ship. Most of the passengers are authorities, according to the British and the Americans. Two women with German nationality were to passengers.
the helicopter brought in a dramatic action until the Morning to continue while small groups of about 15 passengers to Land, as the municipality of Fræna announced at a press conference. "You had not a good night, they were afraid," said a spokesman. 17 passengers had been taken to the hospital. At the place of accident high seas, the rescue difficult.
shots from on Board the ship showed dramatic scenes: The "Viking Sky" fluctuated violently through the window, the passengers saw the huge waves. Chairs, tables and plants back there, it continued in the ship to and fro, a wife, a Board fell on his head. Many of the people on Board were wearing lifejackets. A passenger wrote, the crew do a fantastic Job, and ensure that all were quiet and cared for.
The "Viking Sky" was in the coast of Hustadvika, section of on-the-go, a sea area, this applies, among other things, due to numerous small Islands and reefs as dangerous. There have in the past been more common to ship accidents. According to the Norwegian radio station NRK, the "Viking Sky" was at times only 100 meters away, to run.Screenshot from a Video of CHC helicopters shows a helicopter above the cruise ship "Viking Sky"photo: Uncredited/CHC helicopters via AP/dpa
The shipping company informed the German press Agency, the two German women among the passengers were act 74 and 66 years old. If you have already been fetched in the night of the Board or on Sunday more on the ship had to endure, was, according to a spokesman of Viking Cruises first unclear. The Red cross stated that many of the passengers were traumatized. They would be dealt with psychologically.
The guests of 2017 put into operation "Viking Sky" were on a cruise along the Norwegian West coast. The next cruise stage of the ship would have to go from Wednesday to Scandinavia along the coast and through the North-Baltic-channel. This Tour has now been cancelled due to the incident.
The use of forces in the field had to have to save on Saturday, the nine-member crew of a also in distress at sea freighter. The "Hagland Captain" was also damage to a machine, and, as the südnorweg of rescue, informed service. The freighter was on the way to the "Viking Sky" to help. (dpa)