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1,300 People Rescued from Viking Cruise Ship Amid Engine Failure

This story sounds like a scene out of Titanic. In fact, it even looks like one.

The good news is – the ship didn’t sink and all 1,300 people aboard the ship were rescued safely from the Viking Cruise Ship which experienced engine failure off the coast of Norway.

Saturday afternoon the cruise ship called The Viking Sky issued a distress call as the ship had experienced engine and power failure.

Rescue helicopters responded to the call to remove passengers as quickly as possible from the ship. They were battling harsh winds that day and were only able to get off about 479 passengers by Sunday when the ship regained power.

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The ship continued onto it’s destination Molde, Norway with the remaining guests and crew on board. The passengers rescued by helicopter were said to fly home.

The videos that passengers were sharing while awaiting rescue are quit eery and make me never want to take a cruise.

“Our first priority was for the safety and well-being of our passengers and our crew, and in close cooperation with the Norwegian Coast Guard, the captain decided to evacuate all guests from the vessel by helicopter,”

Spokesman for Viking Cruises’ (Source)

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We are just glad that everyone got out safe. It was reported around 20 people suffered minor injuries but that is nothing compared to what could have happened if the ship had gone down.