23/03/2019 18:25 GMT

More Than 1,000 Cruise Ship Passengers Evacuated After Problems With Engine

Evacuation is expected to take several hours.

Some 1,300 passengers and crew are being evacuated from a cruise ship off the west coast of Norway following engine problems.

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats have been sent to help and evacuate the vessel, a process expected to take several hours.

Officials say rescue workers have managed to evacuate about 100 people so far, following a mayday call.

Norwegian newspaper VG said the Viking Sky cruise ship ran into propulsion problems as strong winds and heavy seas hit Norway’s coastal regions on Saturday.

Associated Press

Police in the county of Moere og Romsdal said the ship has managed to moor in Hustadsvika Bay, between the western Norwegian cities of Alesund and Trondheim.

The Viking Sky was delivered in 2017 to operator Viking Ocean Cruises.