The engines of a cruise ship failed off Norway’s coast during a storm because they did not have enough lubricating oil, a maritime official has said.
A cruise ship boss has apologised to guests on the Viking Sky liner, which was stranded off the coast of Norway after getting into difficulties in stormy seas.
Norwegian officials have opened an investigation into why a cruise ship carrying more than 1,300 people set sail despite storm warnings, forcing a major evacuation after a mayday call had been issued.
A cruise ship which got into difficulties off the coast of Norway amid stormy seas has safely reached a port after around half of its passengers were evacuated.
Scots eyewitness describes scene as mayday helicopters pluck passengers to safety from stricken cruise ship Viking Sky
Helicopters and a fleet of rescue vessels battled waves of almost 20 metres high to reach hundreds of cruise ship passengers stuck off the coast of Norway.
A couple has described the “frightening” experience of being airlifted off a cruise ship which got into difficulties off the coast of Norway amid stormy seas.
Video footage from on board the cruise ship Viking Sky shows furniture rolling around and parts of the ceiling collapsing.
VIDEO: Over a thousand passengers evacuating from cruise ship Viking Sky in bad weather off Norwegian coast
Passengers are being evacuated from a cruise ship off the Norwegian coast which issued a mayday call in heavy winds.
Rescue workers off Norway’s western coast are working to evacuate 1,300 passengers and crew from a disabled cruise ship by helicopter as huge waves tossed the vessel ship from side to side in high winds.