Cruise ship passengers reportedly evacuated from vessel off Norway coast

An evacuation of cruise ship passengers was reportedly underway Saturday after a vessel off the coast of Norway had propulsion issues amid foul weather.

The Viking Sky, a luxury vessel carrying 1,300 passengers and crew members, signaled for help after it was hit with the engine problems and began migrating landward, The Associated Press reported, citing the Norwegian newspaper VG.

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The cruise ship Viking Sky, at anchor in heavy seas, after it sent out a mayday signal because of engine failure in windy conditions, near Hustadvika, off the west coast of Norway.

The cruise ship Viking Sky, at anchor in heavy seas, after it sent out a mayday signal because of engine failure in windy conditions, near Hustadvika, off the west coast of Norway. (Frank Einar Vatne / NTB scanpix via AP)

Photos from the scene showed the large vessel surrounded by intensely choppy waters.

The ship was ultimately able to drop anchor in Hustadsvika Bay, according to police in Moere og Romsdal; responders reportedly arrived with both helicopters and boats in their effort to unload anyone aboard.

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Responders reportedly arrived with both helicopters and boats in their effort to unload anyone onboard.

Responders reportedly arrived with both helicopters and boats in their effort to unload anyone onboard. (Odd Roar Lange / NTB scanpix via AP)

The evacuation will require time, as passengers needed to be hoisted individually from the cruise ship to one of the five available helicopters, Norwegian public broadcaster NRK reported. The rough weather made rescue efforts by way of life boats or other vessels not possible, authorities told NRK.

Responders had reportedly removed 100 people from the Viking Sky by the evening, local time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.