Viking Sky cruise ship woes off Norway started with engine snags, pilot says

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian pilot on the cruise ship carrying more than 1,300 people that was caught in a hefty storm off the coast of Norway said Tuesday the situation worsened when engine problems appeared.

Inge Lockert told the Vesteraalen newspaper that “everything went as it should until we got engine problems.”

“It was a very big team effort” he told the daily. “When we got the engine running again, we realized we were going to save ourselves.”

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Lockert did not reply to requests for comment by The Associated Press.

The ship, Viking Sky, made a mayday call Saturday afternoon after the engine failures. Five helicopters winched off 479 passengers, and the airlift evacuation went well into Sunday.

The operation was halted later Sunday when the ship’s engines restarted and the vessel limped into a nearby port with the remaining 900 passengers onboard.

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