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Grateful Norway cruise ship passengers relive sea rescue drama
Passengers who had been on board a luxury cruise ship that narrowly escaped disaster when its engines failed during a storm over the weekend, spoke of their experiences after arriving back on land on Sunday (March 24). The Viking Sky sent out a mayday signal on Saturday (March 23) as it drifted in rough waters in the Norwegian Sea to within 100 metres of land. Rescue services airlifted 479 people, hoisting them one-by- one on to helicopters, before the weather subsided on Sunday and a tow could begin. Many of them were senior citizens. A total of 1,373 people had started the voyage and about 900 people were still on board as the ship arrived at the port of Molde on Norway's west coast on Sunday afternoon. The 915 passengers were mainly from the United States and Britain, the rescue services said. There were also Canadians and Australians on board, among others, the cruise company said.