Viking Sky cruise timeline: A breakdown of what we know happened

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A Viking Sky cruise ship needed 1,373 passengers and crew on board to be evacuatedlast weekend − and those involved in the rescue mission hadn’t experienced a rescue this intense before. 

Rune Jansen a crewman from helicopter service CHC in Norway, spent 10 hours on the deck of the Viking Sky hoisting up passengers into a helicopter. The ship had sent out a mayday distress signal amid hazardous weather conditions and engine failure. Norwegian media reported gusts up to 43 mph and waves over 26 feet.  

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