Cruise ship passengers evacuated after engines fail

The Viking Sky.
The Viking Sky. Photo credit: Reuters

Around 1300 people are being evacuated from a cruise ship suffering engine failure near Norway.

The MV Viking Sky sent out a distress signal as it began drifting towards the shore amid waves 10 metres high.

Helicopters are winching people one by one from the deck of the vessel, BBC News reported, with lifeboats unable to reach it.

Police said no one had been hurt seriously, but local media report five people have been taken to hospital.

One engine has since been restarted, and the ship has been anchored in place to stop it drifting.

Viking Sky launched in 2017.