Twelve crew rescued from cargo ship adrift in huge seas off Norway

A Dutch cargo ship is adrift in the Norwegian Sea after all of its crew members were airlifted, with some having to jump into the rough waters to be rescued.

The Eemslift Hendrika, which was carrying several smaller boats from Bremerhaven in Germany to Kolvereid in ノルウェー, made a distress call Monday, reporting a heavy list after stormy weather displaced some of its cargo.

ザ・ 12 crew members were evacuated from the listing vessel in two stages later the same day by Norwegian rescue services.

The first eight were airlifted by helicopter from the deck.

But the last four had to jump into the huge seas because the waves were rocking the boat and the list was too severe.

Footage from the Norwegian authorities showed a man in an orange survival suit throwing himself into the rough sea off the stern of the ship. The ship also suffered an engine failure and was drifting towards to the Norwegian coastline.

On Tuesday morning it was about 130km (80 マイル) north-west of the port city of Alesund.

One of the boats it was carrying on deck fell into the sea, potentially helping to reduce its list, which is now estimated to be about 30 degrees after hovering between 40 そして 50 度.

“The situation seems to be more stable but there is still a risk that it could capsize,” Hans-Petter Mortensholm with the Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket), told AFP.

“We want to put someone on board to arrange for a tow as soon as the weather conditions allow," 彼が追加した.

The cargo ship contains 350 cubic metres of heavy fuel oil, 75 cubic metres of diesel and 10 cubic metres of lubricating oil.

A Norwegian Coast Guard vessel arrived at the ship on Tuesday.

The operator of the vessel has also called in the Dutch company Smit Salvage, which was involved in the refloating of the Ever Given in Egypt’s Suez Canal last week.

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