A trans woman has uploaded terrifying footage of a cruise ship as she and fellow passengers await evacuation.
Alexus Sheppard was aboard the Viking Sky cruise ship Saturday (23 March) when their engines failed in stormy conditions. The ship carried around 1300 passengers and crew when it sent mayday signals off the coast of Norway.
However, before the evac arrived, Sheppard was able to capture terrifying footage of the boat swaying in the stormy conditions.
Gay Star News has reached out to Alexus for comment.
Five helicopters individually lifted people off the ship and brought them back to a village just north of the town of Molde. 20 people need treatment at hospital, three of them with serious injuries.
The boat has now successfully made it to Molde using its own power. It was accompanied by two offshore supply ships and one tug assist vessel.
436 guests and 458 crew remain onboard the ship.
In a statement released on their website, Viking Ocean Cruises said: ‘Throughout all of this, our first priority was for the safety and wellbeing of our passengers and our crew.
‘We would like to thank the Norwegian Redningssentral [rescue services] and the Norwegian emergency services for their support and skill displayed in managing the situation in very challenging weather conditions.
‘We would also like to thank the local residents who throughout the whole process have been extremely supportive and hospitable.’
Viking Sky: no longer in danger
The waves reached 6-8m (20-26ft) high and the wind blew at 24m per second, according to the Norweigan Meteorological Institute.
The passengers are said to no longer be in danger, as the storm has passed.
As the passengers awaited evacuation, people were forced to sleep on any space they found.
The Viking Sky was on a 12-day voyage beginning on 14 March in the Norwegian city of Bergen. The next sailing of the ship, meant to embark on 27 March, has been canceled.
Alexus Sheppard is a trans advocate and author of the book ‘From Both Sides Now: A Memoir of Transsexuality’.