EbeneMagazine – CA – The Finnish ferry runs aground in the Baltic Sea with 429 on board

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A passenger ferry ran aground next to islands between Sweden and Finland yesterday, leaving nearly 430 passengers and crew stranded for the night, the Finns owners and coast guard said.

The « Grace » of the Viking Line, which sailed between the Finnish port of Turku and the Swedish capital Stockholm, hit two rocks. 3 p.m. local time.

It was said that the cause of the accident was not immediately known, but there were strong winds in the area.

« There is no water leak and no immediate threat » to passengers, the Coast Guard said on Twitter.

« The passengers have to spend the night on board and disembark (on Sunday), » said the spokeswoman.

« The ship situation is stable. On Sunday we will let passengers know which ship they can use to return to Sweden and Finland. « 

« The situation on board is calm and dinner is being served, » the company told AFP yesterday.

Following a storm warning, the company said it had decided to use the « Grace » in place of a smaller, less robust vessel.

In September, another Viking Line ferry, the Amorella, ran aground on the same Aland archipelago and the passengers had to be evacuated.

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