Cruise

Investigation launched into dramatic Viking Sky rescue

Ali Coulton

Ali Coulton

Norwegian authorities have launched an investigation into the dramatic rescue of a Viking Cruises ship that set sail despite storm warnings.

Luxury cruise ship Viking Sky has now docked safely in Molde, Norway following a rescue mission which saw 479 of the ships 1,373 passengers and crew, evacuated via helicopter after the ship experienced engine failure amid rough seas.

One person is in a critical condition and eight others have been hospitalised as a result, according to NBC News.

“The high risk which the ship, its passengers and crew were exposed to made us decide to investigate the incident,” Dag S. Liseth of Norway’s Accident Investigations Board told NBC.

Norwegian police have said there is no suspicion of criminal offence but they have opened an investigation into why the ship experienced engine problems none the less.

A Viking spokesperson told Travel Weekly the cruise line is launching its own investigation to establish “a complete and thorough understanding of what happened, and we welcome the investigations that have been launched, and will fully support them”.

“The past few days have been stressful and hectic for both guests and crew alike. I would like to personally apologize for what our guests experience,” Torstein Hagen, Viking Cruises founder said in a statement.

“I would also like to say how impressed and grateful I am for the efforts of the national rescue services, rescue personnel, local authorities and the people along the Møre coast, and thank them for the concern and generosity they have showed our guests.

“I would also like to express my thanks to the crew on board the Viking Sky for their efforts and dedication,”

Viking Sky was on a 12-day cruise along Norway’s coast when the storm hit, with mostly English speaking passengers from America, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Meanwhile, a series of Tweets have surfaced from a Californian woman onboard the ship who managed to live Tweet the whole ordeal.

While huge waves crashed into the ship and passengers waited to be airlifted, Alexus Sheppard managed to document all the dramatic updates.

“It was frightening at first. And when the general alarm sounded, it became very real,” she told the Associated Press. 

Sheppard wrapped up her live Tweets by thanking her followers for their love and support.

“Thank you EVERYONE for your love and support over these difficult two days. We’re now safely docked in Molda, Norway and have happily been fed and watered. It’s times like these that make us ALL stronger as caring human beings. It does indeed take a village.”

Sheppard was so undeterred by the drama unfolding around her that she even took time out to Tweet about an LGBT issue in Tennessee in between Tweets about the rescue.

Bless her multi-tasking heart indeed.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Wholesalers

Aussie wholesaler expands to New Zealand

Staff at an Aussie wholesaler are beginning to work phrases like “choice bro”, “sweet as” and “chur” into their vocabulary upon receipt of this news.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Coronavirus: Diamond Princess passengers die, as two evacuated Aussies test positive

The coronavirus outbreak continues to wreak havoc on the travel industry, prompting the federal government to extend its travel ban for another week.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Sydney Airport CEO pleased with “resilient” full-year results

by Huntley Mitchell

Geoff Culbert has remained upbeat about the company’s full-year results against what he says were “some of the toughest trading conditions we’ve seen since the financial crisis”.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Experience Co. swings to $7.1 million first-half loss

by Huntley Mitchell

The ASX-listed company has fallen into the red in the first half of the 2020 financial year, with “unfavourable” weather conditions partly to blame.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Daredevil completes heart-stopping tightrope walk above Hawaiian hotel

A world-renown high-wire walker has made history by completing a tightrope walk between two hotel towers 15 storeys up.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

JAL celebrates two years of Melbourne-Tokyo route by issuing snowboards as boarding passes

Aussie snowboarders looking to shred the slopes of Japan this snow season now have another reason to book their trip.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Agent Wrap: Visit USA Expo wraps up, Uniworld’s Night of Nights, Silversea rewards agents + MORE!

Get a load of all the smiling faces featured in this week’s Agent Wrap! You’ll be smiling too when you see all the deals and famil offers.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Webjet and Cover-More form new travel insurance partnership

In other news, Travel Weekly’s editor and deputy editor are currently forming a formidable partnership at the crease in the office cricket tournament.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Flavour of the Week: SIA’s senior management changes, Accor’s new comms director + MORE!

This week’s flavour is tangy with a hint of fresh industry appointments. Or maybe that’s just the salt and vinegar chips Travel Weekly’s editor was eating while he proofread this article.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Influencer visits IKEA store, fools followers into thinking she’s in Bali

This savvy influencer somehow convinced her followers she was in Indonesia when, in reality, she just took a trip to her local furniture store.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

ACCESS DENIED: Excite’s booking platform is now closed

by Huntley Mitchell

Were you planning on retrieving some booking info from Excite Holidays’ platform? Well, unfortunately you’ve left it too late.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Road & Rail Wrap: DriveAway’s new call centre, Amtrak Vacations sale + MORE!

Yes, it’s our weekly dose of news covering all things on the railway tracks and on the road. We’ve even gone off-road for this wrap!

Share

CommentComments