Dutch Cargo Ship Adrift Off Norway
Oslo, April 6 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 6th Apr, 2021 ) :A Dutch cargo ship was adrift in the Norwegian Sea on Tuesday after it was evacuated in dramatic fashion in rough seas, Norway's maritime authorities said.
The "Eemslift Hendrika" made a distress call Monday, reporting a heavy list after stormy weather displaced some of its cargo.
The 12 crew members were evacuated in two stages later the same day by Norwegian rescue services: the first eight were airlifted from the deck of the cargo ship while the last four had to jump into the water.
The ship also suffered an engine failure and then began drifting towards to the Norwegian coastline.
On Tuesday morning it was about 130 kilometres (80 miles) northwest of the port city of Alesund.
"The ship is drifting with a large list (between 40 and 50 degrees), so there is a risk that it will capsize," Hans-Petter Mortensholm, head of the Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket) told AFP.
A Norwegian Coast Guard vessel was en route to the ship on Tuesday morning.
Weather conditions were "extremely bad" with waves of 10 to 15 metres, complicating the situation but a lull was expected in the afternoon, according to Kystverket.