Viking Grace runs aground with 300 passengers

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Viking Grace ran aground off Mariehamn in the Åland Islands around 2 p.m. Saturday. The passengers were not in immediate danger, according to the Viking Line ferry company and the Coast Guard of Western Finland.

The ship, which can carry up to 2,800 people, had 331 passengers and 98 crew on board at the time of the crash.

The accidents happened just half a kilometer from Mariehamn harbor.

The coastguard of Western Finland dispatched ships and a helicopter to the crash site, although they said no leaks were reported.

Pekka Niittylä Coast Guard in Western Finland said no decision had been taken on passenger evacuations.

“The ship ran aground in a storm. There is no danger and I don’t know much else yet,” Viking Line spokesperson Johanna Boijer-Svahnström said.

Meteorologist Yle Joonas Koskela storm winds near Mariehamn harbor reached 26 to 27 meters per second at the time of the accident.

This is the second Viking Line ferry to run aground this fall. In September, passengers evacuated the Viking Amorella after it became stranded in the Åland archipelago.

The tabloid Iltalehti was the first to break the news.

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