0625 GMT January 26, 2020
The maritime rescue service said the Viking Sky, with 1,300 passengers and crew on board, had sent out a mayday signal as it had been drifting towards land, Press TV reported.
Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances. The area is known for its rough, frigid waters. Wind was blowing at a speed of 38 knots, police told Norwegian newspaper VG.
Video and photos from people on the ship showed it heaving, with chairs and other furniture dangerously rolling from side to side. Passengers were suited up in orange life vests but the waves broke some ship windows and cold water flowed over the feet of some passengers, Press TV reported.
The ship belongs to Viking Ocean Cruises, part of the Viking Cruises group founded by Norwegian billionaire Torstein Hagen. According to the company website, its passenger capacity is 930.