Norwegian coast guard rescues 12 crew members of Dutch cargo ship

Eemslift Hendrik shipPhoto: Redningshelikopter Florø / Hovedredningssentralen Sør-Norge / NTB

On Tuesday, Norwegian coast guard officials confirmed that 12 members of the crew of a Dutch cargo ship that was adrift in rough seas had been rescued off the coast of Norway.

Crew members onboard the Eemslift Hendrika ship raised an alert in the North Sea on Monday. 

The coast guard launched a helicopter rescue operation to evacuate the ship.

Coast guard video footage shows rescuers airlifting the crew from the ship, which was battered by waves of up to 15 meters in height. 

The coast guard told Norwegian Public Radio that the Dutch ship had lost power in its main engine and was now drifting toward land. 

While the crew members are now safe, officials fear a fuel oil spill could occur if the ship sinks.

Source: #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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