Rescue workers are evacuating some 200 passengers from Viking Line’s Amorella ship after it ran aground on Sunday afternoon. Rescue vessels began evacuating passengers at 3.40pm on Sunday afternoon, transporting them to a school in Mariehamn which will serve as an evacuation centre.
The coast guard said the situation was stable and that passengers were not in any immediate danger.
Viking Line spokesperson Johanna Boijer-Svahnström said the ship ran aground at 12.50pm in Hjulgrund, the exact site of a similar accident in 2013.
“It’s a serious situation anytime a passenger ship of this size runs aground. Abandoning the ship is a pretty radical action to take but in this case it’s probably justified,” said Veli-Pekka Nurmi, the authority’s executive director.
He said investigators will now check all ship recordings and interview people responsible for steering the cruise liner. The investigation may take up to nine months to complete, according to Nurmi.
Rescue workers are evacuating passengers from a ship which ran aground in the Åland archipelago on Sunday afternoon.
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