Finnish cruise ship evacuated after running aground in Baltic sea.
Finnish cruise ship Amorella need to evacuated after running aground outside city of Mariehamn on autonomous Finnish island of Aland near the Swedish coast in Baltic Sea.
Cruise ship was headed towards Stockholm from Turku in Finland and ran aground around 12:50 a.m. local time outside the city of Mariehamn on the autonomous Finnish island of Aland near the Swedish coast.
“Amorella stands firmly on the bottom. The 281 people onboard are in not in immediate danger but the captain has decided that all extra people be evacuated from the ship,” the West Finland Coast Guard said.
Amorella, is 169 metres long and does daily trips between Stockholm in Sweden and Turku in Finland.
Normally it carries between 1,800 and 2,000 passengers but due to the pandemic the number was heavily reduced, Hansi said.
“There are about 200 passengers and about 80 crew members onboard,” Hansi said.
Local media reported that passengers had gathered on deck and were wearing life jackets.