Norway’s cruise ship owners have begun a major investigation into what went wrong with a cruise ship that went under after being hit by a storm on Saturday, according to Norwegian news agency VG.
The Norwegian cruise liner the Vattenfall Vytor was heading to Norway’s southern island of Børre when it struck a rock and sank off the coast of Stavanger in Norway’s southwest, according the Norwegian Coast Guard.
The cruise ship’s captain said the crew and other passengers were told by the captain to abandon ship but that the ship was too high, the Norwegian news website VG reported.
A statement from the Norwegian Cruise Lines company said the cruise liner “was in a state of undress, which led to the collision.”
It said that “after the ship sank, the crew were unable to escape the wreckage and they were unable, without permission, to evacuate the ship.”
A Vattenfalls spokesman told VG that there were “no indications that any passengers or crew were harmed or that there was any damage to the ship during the incident.”
Norwegian coast guard spokesman Lars Berglund said there were no survivors.
The cruise ship had a total of 774 people on board when it went under.
A Norwegian coast guard vessel, called the Vassar, is seen at the wreck site of the cruise ship the Vytor, off the island of Stava, on April 24, 2020, in the southern Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard.
Norwegian Coast guard said on April 26 that it had received a report of a shipwreck off the northern island of Bodø and is investigating.
(AP Photo/Denis Balibouse)A spokeswoman for the Norwegian government said Sunday that the authorities are “actively investigating the cause of the incident, including whether it was caused by a human error or a human negligence.”
The cruise line said in a statement Sunday that “the safety of all crew members and passengers on board was of paramount importance.”
The company said it is cooperating with the authorities.