Norway To Open Probe Into Cruise In Stormy Weather

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Norwegian officials said they have opened an investigation into why a cruise ship carrying more than 1300 people set sail despite storm warnings, forcing a major evacuation after a mayday call had been issued.

Dag S. Liseth of Norway’s Accident Investigations Board said: “the high risk which the ship, its passengers and crew were exposed to made us decide to investigate the incident”.

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The Viking Sky docked in the port city of Molde 390 kilometres northwest of Oslo, which it eventually managed to reach on its own engines after a daring rescue operation in which 479 passengers were airlifted to land.

Passengers on board the Viking Sky, waiting to be evacuated, off the coast of Norway.
ALEXUS SHEPPARD
Passengers on board the Viking Sky, waiting to be evacuated, off the coast of Norway.
The Viking Sky had engine trouble Saturday afternoon (local time) off Hustadvika, just north of Molde, and sent out a mayday call. The ship was drifiting toward the rocky coast. Many shipwrecks have occurred in the area through the years.

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