Helsinki (Associated Press)-An unmanned Dutch cargo ship may capsize in the heavy sea off the coast of Norway after being evacuated after a distress call.
The Norwegian Coastal Authority said on Tuesday that they had sent a Coast Guard vessel to inspect the situation with Eemslift Hendrika, which was sailing 130 kilometers (80 miles) from Alesund on the Norwegian sea without engine power.
Live video It shows how the Norwegian Rescue Coordination Center used helicopters to evacuate some of the ship’s 12 crew members after the helicopter jumped into the sea. The ship issued a distress call on Monday evening.
Maritime authorities say their focus now is to figure out how to stabilize the ship so that it will not sink while trying to ensure that it does not hit the shore. The surveillance aircraft is patrolling the area.
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The Norwegian public radio station NRK stated that the ship lost its main engine power on Monday night. If the ship sinks, the Norwegian authorities worry that diesel and fuel oil may overflow from its tank.
Eemslift Hendrika is registered in the Netherlands and was built in 2015. The goods are not yet known.