The cruise ship Viking Sky suffered an engine failure on Saturday off the Norwegian west coast. The ship had 1,300 passengers on board. Since helicopters can only accommodate 15 passengers at a time, the rescue is expected to take hours, and on Sunday, 463 people were safely landed.
T The ship sent a Mayday message Saturday at 13:00 GMT asking for help.
The police said the first 463 passengers were successfully evacuated, 16 of whom were sent to hospital. three of them with serious injuries.
"If we all have to evacuate, it will take a long time," said emergency services spokesman Einar Knudsen to Reuters.
The evacuation process started on Saturday around 3:00 pm.
However, it looks like not everyone is evacuated because the boat is being towed to the town of Molde on the Norwegian west coast on Sunday morning.
The ship is expected to arrive in Molde at 1
Mr. Lange said, "The ship may be able to get further out of the country and drive northwest at slow speed."
A passenger said, "We had lunch, it started shaking, the windows were broken and water came in. It was just chaos."
"I'd rather forget the helicopter trip, it's no fun
Built in 2017, Viking Sky belongs to Viking Ocean Cruises, part of the Viking Cruises group founded by Norwegian billionaire Torstein Hagen.
the company's website has passenger capacity of 930.
Several people have gathered to follow the dramatic rescue in Hustadvika.
The Norwegian People's Aid has also confirmed that they
Plant manager Rune Toven told the Norwegian newspaper VG on Saturday: "We are traveling with 15 men crew ready to support the evacuations."  Tor Andre Franck from Møre og Romsdal Police District said the ship "sustained engine damage" and had "drive problems".
He said, "The wind blows the area at 38 knots (43.7 mph) .We have set up facilities for land evacuation."
Mr. Franck said the ship was "stuck" and added The weather in the area is very bad.
Gunnar Holten, a local man near Hustadvika The stormy conditions are very bad where the ship is going.
According to Mr to see the air and a roof from a nearby barn was demolished by the strong winds.
This story is constantly being updated with new information.