Bad Weather Postpones Salvage Operation for Dutch Cargo Ship

The salvage operation for the Dutch cargo ship at risk of sinking in the Norwegian Sea was postponed on Wednesday, April 7, due to bad weather, the Norwegian Coastal Administration said.

The ship, Eemslift Hendrika, sent out an emergency message on Monday, when it was about 60 nautical miles west of Ålesund. All 12 crew members were evacuated amid fears the ship could capsize and sink.

This footage from the Norwegian Coastal Administration shows the ship rocking in rough sea on Wednesday. Footage previously released by the rescue service for southern Norway shows the crew being winched to safety.

The rescue operation is due to resume on Thursday when better weather is forecast, the Norwegian Coastal Administration said, adding that there was a small danger the ship could run aground.

Dutch news reports said the vessel was loaded with mixed cargo, including luxury motor boats. Credit: Norwegian Coastal Administration via Storyful