Norwegian authorities say they have opened an investigation into why the captain of the cruise ship Viking Sky decided to leave harbour despite severe weather warnings at the time.
When the ship experienced engine failure in rough seas soon afterwards it began to drift towards a notoriously rocky coastline that has wrecked several vessels over the years.
A fleet of five helicopters were then called in to evacuate four hundred of the 1,300 passengers and crew aboard.
Nine were taken to hospital and one remains in a critical condition.
“The high risk which the ship, its passengers and crew were exposed to has made us decide to investigate this serious incident,” explains Dag Liseth of Norway’s Accident Investigations Board.
Liseth and his team have now arrived at the port city of Molde where Viking Sky is currently moored up.
Norwegian police say there is no suspicion of any kind of criminal offence.
Viking Sky is a relatively new ship – it was delivered to its operator Viking Ocean Cruises in 2017.