Norway cruise ship accident – what happened to the stranded Viking Sky cruise ship? – The Sun
THE Viking Sky cruise ship left thousands stranded amid stormy weather in Norway before passengers were able to reach safety.
The ship battled 26ft-high waves, but what exactly happened? Here’s what we know.
What happened to the Viking Sky cruise ship?
The cruise ship was carrying 1,300 people when it sent a mayday signal on March 23, 2019.
It suffered an engine failure while on route to Stavanger from Tromso.
It drifted towards the west coast of Norway after the engines cut out during stormy weather.
Massive 26ft-high waves pounded the ship and furniture was sent flying about liner.
Winds reached a speed of 43mph.
Water broke window panes and submerged passengers eating lunch.
What happened to the passengers?
Most of the passengers were British or American tourist.
About 20 suffered injuries ranging from cuts to broken limbs.
Five helicopters and several rescue ships were called in but had to turn back because of the bad weather.
Half of the passengers were airlifted and the rest remained on the ship.
On March 24, the Viking Sky cruise safely reached port.
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What is the Viking Sky cruise ship?
The Viking Sky cruise is a £300million ship that debuted in 2017.
The Viking Sky originally set off from its home port of Bergen on 4 March and travelled to Tromsø, a city in northern Norway.
It was due to dock in London on March 26.