Rescuers began to evacuate people from the cruise ship Vikings Sky, which had engine failure off the West coast of Norway, on Board were about 1,300 passengers and crew members. It is reported by Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang, citing Norway’s police and rescuers.
The liner sent out a distress signal after he started to drift towards the land. Later the crew managed to launch one of the engines of the ship to anchor about 2 km from the shore.
In the rescue operation involved four helicopters and some boats rescued the passengers are transported by helicopters to the temporary accommodation near the city Molde.
Evacuation by air may take a long time considering the bad weather conditions, told the newspaper the police. The wind speed in the area where the liner is 38 knots and waves reaching up to 4 m. because of the strong storm, passengers can not evacuate on the lifeboats, as they can roll over.
Cruise liner Vikings Sky is owned Viking Cruises based Norwegian billionaire Thorstein Hagen, Forbes estimates his fortune at $2.4 billion On the company’s website indicates that the capacity of the vessel – just 930 passengers, the length of the liner – 227 m, width – 28 m.