The owner of Viking Sky has pledged to support investigations into how the cruise ship came to lose power while sailing in a fierce storm off the Norwegian coast.

A total of 215 Britons were among the 915 passengers and 458 crew on the vessel when it suffered engine failure while sailing between Tromso and Stavanger.

Viking Sky was eventually able to anchor in Hustadvika Bay where about half the passengers were airlifted off the ailing ship.

A total of 20 people were injured as a fleet of helicopters was deployed to rescue passengers.

The Norwegian Accident Investigations Board was due to Molde, where the ship docked, to discover want led to the engine failure.

Questions are also likely to be asked about how the ship was allowed to set sail amid severe storm warnings.

The next sailing, a Scandinavia and Kiel Canal itinerary, which was due to embark tomorrow, has been cancelled.

Viking Ocean Cruises said: “Viking Sky is currently docked in Molde.

“The majority of our guests have disembarked or are in the process of leaving the vessel and are travelling back to their homes. We will continue to follow up with them to ensure their needs are covered.

“We have already begun our own internal investigation and our goal is to establish a complete and thorough understanding of what happened, and we welcome the investigations that have been launched, and will fully support them.

“Viking Ocean Cruises will not have any further comments until the investigations have been completed.”

Company founder and chairman Torstein Hagen said: “The past few days have been stressful and hectic for both guests and crew alike.

“I would like to personally apologise for what our guests experienced.

“I would also like to say how impressed and grateful I am for the efforts of the national rescue services, rescue personnel, local authorities and the people along the Møre coast, and thank them for the concern and generosity they have shown our guests.

“I would also like to express my thanks to the crew on board the Viking Sky for their efforts and dedication.”

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