Passengers were being hoisted one-by-one by helicopters from a stranded cruise ship on Saturday after strong winds started pushing the ship toward the Norwegian coast, local law officials said.
About 1,300 passengers and crew were believed to be onboard, Norwegian police and rescue workers told Reuters.
The Viking Sky ship issued a mayday call off the western Hustadvika coast, Norwegian search and rescue officials said, after the ship started having engine trouble.
Officials said on Twitter the vessel had restarted one of its engines, while Reuters reported it was able to anchor about 2 kilometers, or 1.2 miles, from the coast.
Nevertheless, police said they were using five helicopters and a number of vessels to get people off the ship
About 30 people have been removed from the ship so far, Norwegian police reported.
Viking Cruises, the ship’s owner, did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News requests for comment.