CRUISE SHIP DANGERS - NORWEGIAN CRUISE SHIP FIRE CAUSE 22 DEGREE LIST - DANGER OF CAPSIZING!
Norwegian Cruise Ship in danger of Tipping Over after Fire
September 16, 2011
One day after a fire on board a Norwegian cruise liner killed two crew members and forced the evacuation of 260 others, rescue teams raced to pump water from the hull of the ship as it came dangerously close to tipping over.
The MS Nordlys cruise liner is pictured at the quayside in Aalesund early September 16, 2011. Two people died after the cruise liner caught fire off Norway's coast on Thursday. The ship was listing 20 degrees an is a danger for capsizing. A crane vessel has now arrived and is trying to stabilize the ship.
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Early on Friday, the ship was listing nearly 22 degrees after taking in a dangerous amount of water, the Norway International Network reported. A Dutch salvage team placed three pumps inside the vessel Friday morning, and by midday workers were able to reduce this ship's list to about 17 degrees. That brings it just below the "critical line" of 20 degrees, at which tipping over is of serious concern.
"At the moment, it looks promising," Police Chief Jon Steven Hasseldal told reports at the dockside. "It's still a serious situation ... but now there is a bit more stability in the ship."