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A dream trip turns into a horror trip

The Northern lights Tour is one of the Highlights in the program of the Norwegian Viking. "You will experience what few others ever experience", advertises the company for the cruise. The Viking Sky was on the Saturday the major part of the trip. The passengers, mostly Americans and English, had of sled dogs through the Arctic winter landscape and the Northern lights dancing. Now they were on their way to southern Norway. "While the company recommends the picturesque coast of Norway sail along," on their Website, "enjoy the Nordic-inspired amenities of the ship. Treat yourself to, for example, a Norwegian waffle."

rescue workers were using helicopters in use, in order to bring the passengers and crew in safety. Video: Reuters/Storyful/Twitter

It all came different. The ship with 915 passengers, and 458 of the Crew members gets into a violent storm. The Wind was blowing 38 knots, almost 70 kilometres an hour. The waves towered eight or nine feet high. And at two o'clock in the afternoon, the alarm sirens were sounded. The machines were down, all of you. Now, the ship blowing uncontrollably in the raging sea towards the coast. Ironically, in the area of Hustadvika.

"This is started to the end."

the Dramatic minutes. In the network, you could soon see Clips of passengers: chairs, tables, from one side of the ship on the other had, shattered glass. "All of a sudden a window gave way, a wave several meters high washed up to us," said the American, Rodney Horgan the TV station NRK. "The water, with crack tables, chairs, glasses, and 20 or 30 people in front of me. My wife was sitting right in front of me and suddenly she was gone. I thought: this is The end."

The Hustadvika is one of the for ships the most dangerous sections of the Norwegian sea. A "ship's graveyard", was quoted by the newspaper VG, the Skipper Olav Magne Strømsholm, which operates in the area, a scuba diving centre. "You had more luck than sense." Very briefly, it was said by Emil Heggelund of the local authorities, the TV station NRK. "It might have been different."

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The high waves, there was only one way to evacuate people by helicopter. One passenger after another was lifted with the winch from the Deck. A helicopter can only take a maximum of 15 people. To Sunday lunch as 460 people were brought ashore, then the ship could go back on their own power – in the port city of Molde. 17 people were taken with injuries to the hospital.

For the calm and professionalism of the rescuers had the passengers only words of praise left. On Sunday, the debate began as to whether the shipping company was received too great of a risk. The newspaper "Aftenposten" referred to the competition shipping company Hurtigruten, the ship was supposed to take the same Route on Hustadvika in the direction of the mountains. After the weather had issued the report for Saturday a storm warning, decided Hurtigruten, unlike Viking, to leave your ship in Trondheim in the port.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 24.03.2019, at 22:55

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