The Associated Press Published 1:23 PM EDT Mar 23, 2019 Helsinki – Norwegian officials say rescue workers have managed to evacuate about 100 people so far from a cruise ship that ran into engine problems in heavy winds and seas and sent a mayday call off Norway’s western coast. Authorities launched an evacuation on Saturday afternoon of the estimated 1,300 passengers and crew from the Viking Sky cruise ship. Rescue teams with helicopters and boats have been sent to help, and the evacuation process expected to take several hours. Norwegian newspaper VG said the Viking Sky into propulsion problems as strong winds and heavy seas hit Norway’s coastal regions and had to moor in Hustadsvika Bay, between the western Norwegian cities of Alesund and Trondheim. Police in the western county of Moere og Romsdal said Saturday the ship has managed to moor in Hustadsvika Bay, between the western Norwegian cities of Alesund and Trondheim. The water temperature is about 43 degrees Fahrenheit. The Viking Sky was delivered in 2017 to operator Viking Ocean Cruises.
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