A Baltic Sea ferry with almost 430 people on board ran aground between Sweden and Finland. As announced by the Finnish ship owner and the coast guard, the Viking Line ferry “Grace” hit a rock on Saturday at 1:15 pm CET. The accident occurred on the route between the Finnish Turku and the Swedish capital Stockholm shortly before a stopover in Mariehamn on the Aland Islands.
The cause of the accident is still unclear, but the wind blows, the coast guard said on Twitter. There is no danger for the passengers.
On board overnight
According to a spokeswoman for Viking Line, there were 331 passengers and 98 crew members on the ship. “The passengers have to spend the night on board and leave tomorrow,” said the spokeswoman.
The situation of the ship is stable, on Sunday passengers will be told which ship they can take to Sweden or Finland. “The situation on board is quiet and dinner is being served,” said the company.
Because of a storm warning, the company used the “Grace” instead of a smaller, less robust ship. Meanwhile, divers examined the hull to see how the “Grace” could best be restarted.