163 Filipino crew members safe after cruise ship towed to port in Norway


Posted at Mar 25 2019 08:58 AM

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The 163 Filipino crew members of a luxury cruise ship that stalled while sailing the Norwegian Sea during a storm are all safe, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

The Viking Sky has arrived at a port on Sunday, a day after it sent out a mayday signal when it ran into engine trouble in rough waters. The vessel was carrying a total of 1,373 people.

Rescuers airlifted almost 480 people to land under difficult conditions. The evacuation was halted as the weather eased, allowing towing operations to begin. Some 20 injured passengers were hospitalized.