A cruise ship arrived at the Norwegian port of Molde one Sunday after the crew had issued a Mayday call that resulted in hundreds of passengers being taken to safety.
The Viking Sky limped into the harbor on Sunday, accompanied by smugglers, after the torturous ordeal of shattering furniture in the ship, blowing glass, collapsing pieces of the ceiling as passengers and crewmen clung to each other while the ship of one side to the other rocked.
The ship carried 1,373 passengers and crew In an unpredictable area of the Norwegian west coast, known for rough, cold waters, there were engine malfunctions. The crew made a Mayday call on Saturday afternoon.
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so as not to equip lifeboats or other ships due to the conditions that wind gusts at 43 Miles per hour and waves over 26 meters were high. Five helicopters were deployed and worked all night to land the passengers off the ship. Helicopters were stopped on Sunday morning when the ship was ready to sail to the shore.
Viking Ocean Cruises, the company that owns and operates the vessel, said 479 passengers were carried ashore so that there were 436 passengers and 458 crew members aboard when the ship traveled to the port ,
"We know that 20 people have been injured by this incident and they are all looked after in the competent medical centers in Norway, some of which have already been dismissed," the company said.
Passengers said they had suffered cuts their hands and faces from flying glass. Rodney Horgen, a Minnesota native on the cruise, reminded The Associated Press of The Associated Press of how his wife was "thrown across the room." 19659011 passengers are supported on Sunday by a rescue helicopter in Fraena, Norway. "/>
Passengers are helped on Sunday by a rescue helicopter in Fraena, Norway. (AP)
"When the windows and doors blew open and the two meters of water with people and tables swept between 20 and 30 feet, this was the break." I said, "That's it," "Horgen" said, "I grabbed my wife, but I could not hold on. And she was thrown across the room. And then she was thrown back by the returning wave.
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"I did not have much hope, I knew how cold this water was and where we were Waves and everything, they would not last very long, that was very, very scary, "he added.
Carolyn Savikas of Pennsylvania recalled a "really huge wave" that plunged into the cruise ship's restaurant and shattered a door.
A huge wave came and broke a door and flooded the entire restaurant, "Savikas told the Norwegian newspaper VG." All I saw were bones, arms, water and tables. It was like the Titanic – just like the pictures you saw of the Titanic. "
Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen praised the Norwegian authorities and the ship's crew for the rescue operation.
"I'm very proud of our crew," Hagen told VG.
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. The ship visited the Norwegian cities of Narvik, Alta, Tromso, Bodo and Stavanger before its scheduled arrival on Tuesday in the British port of Tilbury on the Thames. The passengers were usually a mix of American, British, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian citizens.