Cruise Ship MAYDAY in a STORM | Viking Sky Evacuates 1300 People in Norway

The 749-foot MV Viking Sky cruise ship lost its engines off the coast of Norway in a storm and rough seas. It called a Mayday at 2PM on March 23, 2019, and five helicopters frantically tried to evacuate the 1,300 passengers and crew, while the ship pitched and rolled in its dangerous anchorage. You will see flying debris and water in the ship. The Viking Ocean Cruise ship was being evacuated by the southern Norway rescue service @HRSSorNorge, CHC Helicopters, and Hovedredningssentralen.

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As of early on March 24, 2019, air evacuations had ceased with 350 people off the ship. The tugs were in place and towing the ship into port, according to Alexus Sheppard @Alexus309. Alexus was a passenger onboard the vessel and along with Rynn Flynn (@RyanDFlynn11) supplied some of the video.

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Before losing its engines near Hustadvika, Norway, the 749-foot long, 47,800 gross ton cruise ship was on a 12-day cruise from Bergen, Norway to Tilbury on the River Thames in England.

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Carl Johnson says:

walking is still the best option

pat vaillancourt says:


Joe Killip says:

My hunter usto have engine problems if i went threw wrough seas i found the problem to be in the exhaust loop

9mmsteve says:

NOT 1300 evacuated…only SOME…took a long time for even some to be evacuated. Injured were taken off….others stayed on until made it until port.

MrCiammurro says:

737 Max , brand new cruise ships …. maybe time to go back to old and well tested tecnologies !

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William Cunningham says:

Mechanical problems are common with new vessels. It takes a couple years of shake down for all the sort through warrantied machinery, fix bugs in automated controls, allow for equipment to settle with vibrations, etc. New vessels can actually be terrible to work on maintenance wise.

khatun 777 says:

Who takes a cruise during winter in the north Atlantic?

Felix Soto says:

Deep State trying to control news cycle?

Bonnie Gail says:

engine failure on a new ship?? #1 reason I will never take a cruise

Leon Kernan says:

It’s a viking ship, break out the oars and get the passengers rowing!

Travis Keffer says:

Was on a cruise last month. Boat engines died in the middle of the ocean. We were down for about 6 hours. Come to find out it wasn’t the first time the ship had gone broke down. We finally got going and got back to port. We got off the ship and they loaded the ship with the new guests. Acted like nothing happened! These boats are junk! And when they say new. It’s really just an old ship, they rebuilt most of the time and renamed! These ships need back-up motors for things like this! They want all this money then they need to put some of it back into their ships! I wouldn’t be surprised if that boat has broke down for a few hours before and this isn’t the first time it’s had issues! They going to pay big time for being cheap and not fixing/ maintaining their equipment!

BeyondInvestigation says:

Well done by the Norway (coast guard?)… That had to be an extremely difficult task with winds and waves like that.

Wave Dancer says:

Here you can see the power of the elements! And how tough small sailing boats have to be built to stand such conditions! BTW! The ceiling construction on this cruiser is NOT save and must be redesigned! Falling parts can easy kill people!

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