After Ship Has To Be Evacuated Off Norway Coast, A Second Ship Signals Mayday, Authorities To Evacuate Thousands More

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Amid ongoing rescue efforts for passengers and crew stranded on a cruise ship, Norwegian rescuers have reported that a second ship has reported engine failure and requires evacuation from their vessel.
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The second boat is a cargo vessel with nine people on board, the Associated Press reports. The crew is stranded in the same Hustadsvika Bay region where 1,300 people have been stranded on the Viking Sky cruise ship.

 

According to Norway’s public broadcasting outlet NRK, the Norweigan rescue service rerouted two of the five helicopters working to rescue passengers to assist with evacuating the cargo ship crew.

VG, a Norway newspaper, reported on Saturday night that approximately 100 people had been rescued from the ship by 6 p.m. local time. It is currently unknown how many people have been removed from the cargo ship. Passengers were being taken to a sports hall in a village north of the town of Molde, The Guardian reported.

 

Eight individuals were reported to have sustained minor injuries from the cruise ship, while a 90-year-old man and his spouse had been severely injured, the AP reported. The ship’s passengers are reportedly mostly American and British tourists.

 

Posts from social media showed passengers struggling to stay upright as the ship tilted amid wind gusts of up to 43 mph and waves up to 26 feet high. A video from California activist Alexus Sheppard captured a piece of roofing falling on to passengers as they awaited helicopter rescue.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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