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The Baltic Sea passenger ferry with nearly 300 passengers on board runs aground off the island in Finland

The Baltic Sea passenger ferry with nearly 300 passengers on board runs aground off the island in Finland

  • Viking Line’s M / S Amorella ran aground on the Aland Islands on Sunday
  • The Coast Guard arrived to take passengers from the cruise ship to dry land
  • There were casualties among the 200 passengers and 80 crew members
  • Viking’s CEO said ‘something went wrong with the ship’s controls’

A passenger ferry from the Baltic Sea with nearly 300 people on board has run aground on the archipelago of the Aland Islands between Finland and Sweden.

The M / S Amorella, operated by Viking Line between Turku and Stockholm, hit ground south of the port of Langnas in the archipelago.

Coastguard ships came to land and there were no injuries among the 200 passengers and 80 crew.

Viking Line CEO Jan Hanses said, “Something went wrong with the ship’s controls.”

Passengers evacuating Viking Line's cruise ferry MS Amorella on Sunday, near Langnas, Aland Islands, Finland

Passengers evacuating Viking Line’s cruise ferry MS Amorella on Sunday, near Langnas, Aland Islands, Finland

Viking Line's MS Amorella after it ran aground on Sunday

Viking Line's MS Amorella after it ran aground on Sunday

Viking Line’s MS Amorella after it ran aground on Sunday

Authorities are investigating why the ferry ran aground.

Hanses added that water had leaked into one of the ship’s sections, but he was unable to indicate how bad the spill was.

The coast guard said it had not found any oil spills in the area as a result of the grounding.

The number of passengers on board the ship, which can carry up to 2,500 people, was unusually low due to the travel restrictions of the coronavirus in the Nordic region that have hit the ferry companies in the Baltic Sea badly.

Passengers are dropped off the MS Amorella after it ran aground on Synday on the Aland Islands

Passengers are dropped off the MS Amorella after it ran aground on Synday on the Aland Islands

Passengers are dropped off the MS Amorella after it ran aground on Synday in the Aland Islands

People evacuated from Viking Line's cruise ferry MS Amorella disembark the Finnish Border Guard ship, in Svino, Aland Islands

People evacuated from Viking Line's cruise ferry MS Amorella disembark the Finnish Border Guard ship, in Svino, Aland Islands

People evacuated from Viking Line’s cruise ferry MS Amorella disembark the Finnish Border Guard ship, in Svino, Aland Islands

People returning to dry land after being evacuated from the ship

People come back to dry land after being evacuated from the ship

People come back to dry land after being evacuated from the ship

Passengers with life jackets will be landed on Sunday

Passengers with life jackets will be landed on Sunday

Passengers with life jackets will be landed on Sunday

The Aland Islands, an autonomous Finnish territory, are located halfway between the two port cities and M / S Amorella is said to be making a scheduled stop there on the way to Stockholm.

The archipelago is made up of thousands of unnamed and unnamed islands and the shallow waters and narrow passages are particularly difficult for large ships to navigate.

Finnish media reported that the M / S Amorella ran aground on the same spot in 2013.

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