Viking Line ferry runs aground off Åland

Passengers reach Stockholm a little later than planned

Passengers sailing on the Viking Line ferry Amorella were stranded for hours when it ran aground near Åland on Saturday.

Travelling from Turku to Stockholm with 1,945 passengers and 150 crew on board, the Amorella was hit by a power failure. Its speed dropped and it then ran aground off Föglö at 12.30pm on Saturday.

The crew and sea rescue services succeeded in extricating the ship at around 6pm and assessed it for any damage. The vessel sailed on to Mariehamn on Åland a few hours later and the passengers eventually reached Stockholm on Sunday morning on the Viking ship Rosella. Because there were too few cabins to go around, many passengers had to camp out on the floor.

The cause of the power failure is being investigated. No passengers were reported injured.

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[pictured: Amorella photographed in August 2005]

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