About 1,300 people are being evacuated from a cruise ship off the western coast of Norway, authorities have said.
Police in the county of More og Romsdal say the ship has suffered engine problems, and all those aboard are being taken to shore.
Norway’s sea rescue agency said the MV Viking Sky sent out a distress signal amid high waves and strong winds.
Five helicopters and several ships are taking part in the evacuation, the agency said.
Reports of a ship suffering engine problems first came through at about 14:00 local time (13:00 GMT).
It is unclear how many people have been rescued so far, with some saying up to 100 have already been brought to shore.
But police warned the figures will vary, and said they would “wait for counting until further notice”.
There have so far not been any serious injuries, police said. However, VG newspaper reports five people have been taken to hospital.
Sea rescue services said the ship was being held steady and the evacuation was ongoing.
Waves are reported to be more than 10 metres high, with one local newspaper reporting lifeboats were forced to turn back en route to the ship due to the “brutal” conditions.
Police told the newspaper VG winds are blowing at 38 knots, and the ship is less than 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km) from the shore.
However, reports suggest the ship has managed to restart one engine and move slightly further from the coast as the evacuation continues.
Those brought ashore are being taken to a local sports complex. One volunteer said about 80 had arrived so far, and accommodation had been found for them in local hotels.
MV Viking Sky is a Viking Ocean Cruises ship, which had its maiden voyage in 2017.
Website MarineTraffic shows the vessel was en route to Stavanger from Tromso, and is drifting off the town of Farstad near Molde on the country’s western coast.
The area is known as the Hustadvika and is reportedly one of the most dangerous stretches of Norway’s coast.
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