Wednesday 10/28/20
PASSENGERS EVACUATED

Vinking Line's ferry Amorella runs aground in Åland archipelago

The vessel, with 207 passengers and 74 crew, was heading from Turku to Stockholm, the company said.

20 September 2020, Finland, Langnas: A general view of the Amorella ferry after it ran aground off the Aland Islands. Photo: Niclas Nordlund/dpa.
A general view of the Amorella ferry after it ran aground off the Åland Islands. Photo: Niclas Nordlund/dpa.

Viking Line's Finnish ferry Amorella has run aground off the Åland Islands archipelago with 281 people on board, the Finnish coast guard tweeted on Sunday.

According to the coast guard, none of the passengers was in danger, the situation was under control and preparations for the evacuation of the ship started at 15:40 local time. The operation was carried out by the West Finland Coastguard district.

Coast-guard-passegners-Viking-Line-Amorella-by-dpaPassengers evacuate the Amorella ferry after the incident. Photo: Niclas Nordlund/dpa.

According to the coast guard, there are no observation of any oil leakage because of the grounding.

Turku-Stockholm route

The Viking Line vessel, with 207 passengers and 74 crew, was heading from Turku to Stockholm, the company said in a statement.

The same ship also ran aground in the same area 7 years ago (in 2013), Finnish and Swedish media reported.

Coast-guard-passegners-Viking-Line-Amorella-2-by-dpaPhoto: Niclas Nordlund/dpa.

This time the ship deliberately ran aground in order to avoid taking in water, due to problems on board, according to Ålands radio.

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