Viking Cruises ship docks safely in Norway after major rescue efforts

PHOTO: Cruise ship Viking Sky arrives at Molde, Norway, March 24, 2019. Viking Sky reported engine failure in windy conditions off the west coast of Norway in Hustadvika.
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WATCH Viking Cruises ship docks safely in Norway after major rescue efforts

After an engine failure and major evacuation efforts, the Viking Sky cruise ship safely docked in the port of Molde, Norway, on Sunday, bringing a high-seas nightmare to an end.

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"#VikingSky is now safe at quay in #Molde," Norwegian rescue services tweeted on Sunday. "HEARTFELT thanks for assistance and effort."

A mayday signal was received from the ship on Saturday at around 2 p.m. local time, according to a Viking Cruises spokesman, sparking major helicopter rescue efforts that brought hundreds to safety.

PHOTO: Viking Sky cruise ship arrives in Molde, Norway after engine problems, March 24,2019. Svein Ove Ekornesvag/NTB Scanpix via Reuters
Viking Sky cruise ship arrives in Molde, Norway after engine problems, March 24,2019.

After helicopter rescues on Saturday, Viking said that 436 guests and 458 crew members remained on board. The vessel regained power on Sunday morning, and Norwegian rescue tweeted the that the ship was headed to the nearby port.

"#VikingSky is expected to dock In Molde at 1630. All day emergency states and volunteers have prepared reception. #PolitietMøreRomsdal Molde asks that people who are not in the rescue work keep themselves away from the center for the next few hours and respect traffic control."

On Saturday, four rescue helicopters airlifted hundreds of people off the ship.

PHOTO: The cruise ship Viking Sky drifts towards land after an engine failure near Hustadvika, Norway, March 23, 2019. Iver Andreas Tuene via Reuters
The cruise ship Viking Sky drifts towards land after an engine failure near Hustadvika, Norway, March 23, 2019.

"Our first priority was for the safety and well-being of our passengers and our crew, and in close cooperation with the Norwegian Coast Guard, the captain decided to evacuate all guests from the vessel by helicopter," the Viking Cruises spokesman said in a statement.

PHOTO: Passengers are helped out of a rescue helicopter after being rescued from cruise ship Viking Sky in Hustadvika, Norway, March 24, 2019. Svein Ove Ekornesvag/NTB SCANPIX via Reuters
Passengers are helped out of a rescue helicopter after being rescued from cruise ship Viking Sky in Hustadvika, Norway, March 24, 2019.

Harrowing video was posted on social media on Saturday by a passenger, showing the ship tilting back and forth, sending furniture sliding across the room.

Danny and Judith Bates were among the passengers rescued by air.

PHOTO: This image grab from a handout video made available to AFTV, March 24, 2019, by a passenger onboard the cruise ship Viking Sky shows fellow passengers gathering in a room with life jackets. Alexis Sheppard/AFP/Getty Images
This image grab from a handout video made available to AFTV, March 24, 2019, by a passenger onboard the cruise ship Viking Sky shows fellow passengers gathering in a room with life jackets.

"Very frightening. We went up on a helicopter with a sling, the two of us together and it was quite scary," Danny Bates told Eurovision.

"I felt surely, they have everything under control, it’s all going to be OK. So we just take this as an unexpected adventure," Judith Bates said.

The prime minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, tweeted on Saturday, thanking the rescuers.

"It has been a dramatic day for passengers and rescue personnel at #VikingSKy in #Hustadvika," she wrote. "Thanks to talented rescuers, volunteers and others who have made an invaluable effort in demanding conditions."

The ship was built in 2017, according to the company’s website.

Azure Gilman contributed to this report