Relieved passengers leave stricken ship
The cruise ship, MSC Opera, which drifted in the Baltic Sea for two days after its engines failed docked in Nynäshamn in Sweden on Monday. Nearly 500 Dutch holidaymakers were among the 2,000 passengers on board.
The ship’s first engine failed after the vessel left St Petersburg on Saturday morning. The lack of power meant there was no running water or lighting and that food could not be cooked. Passengers couldn’t use the toilets and a terrible smell developed on board.
The captain decided to sail on to the ship’s final destination, the British port of Southampton, even though there was a scheduled stop in Copenhagen before that. However, on Sunday, the second engine failed, leaving the stricken ship adrift.
On Sunday evening, a Danish tug started pulling the MSC Opera to the Swedish port.
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