Passengers onboard a Viking Sky cruise ship are being lifted one-by-one by helicopters after the ship’s engines failed on Saturday during stormy weather off the west coast of Norway. The crew was able to restart one engine and deploy the anchor, preventing it from drifting toward land.
Breaking News: A cruise ship has suffered engine failure in windy conditions off the west coast of Norway and will evacuate its 1,300 passengers. The Viking Sky was drifting towards land and had sent out a mayday signal. The ship belongs to Viking Ocean Cruises. pic.twitter.com/DtFbvGeV9X
Terrifying footage shows the chaos and confusion aboard a cruise ship that sent at least eight passengers to hospitals after the cruise line said its ship encountered an "unexpected" strong wind, causing it to lean to the left. https://t.co/ggEEIXPLvPpic.twitter.com/9GL8LaKzpY
“Just before midnight on Sunday, March 3, Norwegian Escape encountered unexpected weather in the form of a sudden, extreme gust of wind, estimated at 100 knots, which resulted in the ship heeling to the port side,” the cruise line tweeted. “Several injuries were reported and those guests and crew received immediate attention or are being treated by the ship’s medical staff. There was no damage to the ship; she remains fully operational and continues her scheduled itinerary.”
Several injuries were reported and those guests and crew received immediate attention or are being treated by the ship’s medical staff. There was no damage to the ship; she remains fully operational and continues her scheduled itinerary. (cont.)
WHOA! HOLD ON TIGHT! SCARY VIDEO… Several passengers are injured when a Miami based Norwegian cruise ship listed during a freak weather event. Officials say a wind gust of 100 knots caused the ship to tip to the side, sending things flying. pic.twitter.com/S8vX8nEB1d
Nearly 300 passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cruise ship fell ill with a stomach virus after it departed Port Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida, on Sunday.
A total of 277 guests and crew members have been affected with a gastrointestinal illness, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean Cruises told NBC News on Wednesday.
More than 8,000 guests aboard the ship will receive a refund because of the outbreak, said the spokesman.
“We think the right thing to do is to get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health,” he added “Returning on Saturday also gives us more time to completely clean and sanitize the ship before her next sailing.”
Kay Longstaff, 46, fell from a cruise ship and spent 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night
The cruise ship Norwegian Star was 60 miles off the coast of Croatia
Longstaff used to work as cabin crew on Virgin Atlantic planes
Crew member of the cruise ship has claimed Longstaff is unlikely to have fallen into sea by accident.
Daniel Punch, who works aboard the Norwegian Star ship ,said on Facebook ‘She didn’t fall, she jumped. It was on my ship. I spoke [to her] throughout the whole week. She was arguing with her fella the whole time.’
Longstaff’s boyfriend confirms the couple had been drinking alcohol and arguing before the incident.
An unknown source said: ‘Footage has been viewed and you can clearly see she was there on her own when she fell. She was not pushed. The theory we are working on is that she most likely jumped.’