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Viking Sky position, adrift off Norway Coast and evacuating Passengers & Crew

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6 minutes ago, Haworth said:

On board now, nothing much to add from the above, all calm on board but a lot of passengers were soaked when a window caved in in the dining room, one of the muster stations

 

Stay safe

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12 minutes ago, TrumpyNor said:

I believe the problems started around 3 hours ago.

 

Mayday was at 2 pm according to the news reports.

 

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That’s so scary.  That happened to my mother when she was in Egypt, years ago.  I pray everyone is safe and evacuated quickly.

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3 minutes ago, Cyber Kat said:


Wow!  I read that they can't land the helicopter

 

The helicopters are way to heavy to land on a cruise ship. Newer cruise ships don´t have a real helipad anymore but just a winch area.

 

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Our thoughts go out to all involved.  Such a dreadful experience.  

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Passengers are being winched one by one, they had 3 helicopters but can’t use them all due to turbulence, to reiterate calm on board and crew are very professional 

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So far only minor injuries reported, some say 2 persons and some say 4 persons injured. Not clear if injuries happened during evacuation or before.

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1 minute ago, Haworth said:

Passengers are being winched one by one, they had 3 helicopters but can’t use them all due to turbulence, to reiterate calm on board and crew are very professional 


Glad to hear everyone is calm.  Nothing worse than having panic complicate things!  Stay safe!

 

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The marine tracking website currently shows a Norwegian patrol boat and escort tug standing by the Viking Sky, with a SAR helicopter working overhead and 2 large offshore supply vessels enroute at speeds of about 4 to 7 kts.

 

As per the previous response, helo ops are normally always completed by winch due to lack of re-inforced decks and the abundance of obstructions on the upper decks.

 

From reading the news stories, appears to be an excellent feat of seamanship on behalf of the Captain in being able to get the anchor to hold. Wishing all the passengers & crew a safe and uneventful evacuation ashore.

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Posted (edited)

Pasengers that have been rescued so far are being transported by bus to hotels in the town of Molde.

Edited by TrumpyNor

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Best wishes to all, hope the evac goes smoothly

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Posted (edited)

Just checked marinetraffic and I think she is now moving at 4 knots to Stavenger. Hope I read this right

 

It is now saying 1.2 knots and facing another way. Really not sure what is going on but if you check this site you will see that there are lots of ships heading her way. It is good to see everyone go to their aid and a good Captain and crew taking care of everyone.

 

 

Edited by Presto2

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Watching to see more details come out. Did the ship have electrical power? How did they decide which passengers would be winched out? Are passengers being given the choice to stay on board?  There is a scary and fascinating story unfolding. Best thoughts go out to everyone involved.

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1 hour ago, Jersey42 said:

Looks pretty scary out there.  Hope everyone stays safe.

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Yikes.  A dangerous situation and an

 otherwise awesome picture.

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Just now, cruisestitch said:

Watching to see more details come out. Did the ship have electrical power? How did they decide which passengers would be winched out? Are passengers being given the choice to stay on board?  There is a scary and fascinating story unfolding. Best thoughts go out to everyone involved.

Yes, they have power on board. And they have had one engine working again for some time now.

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Scary situation. Sounds like it's under control though. Hopefully the rest of the evac will go smoothly.

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According to the Norwegian TV Channel, TV 2 Nyhetskanalen - over 100 people have so far been evacuated by helicopters. Up to now, four people is said to have to been taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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This is just to show that the ship has electrical power - screenshot taken from live footage on tv a couple of minutes ago:

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