Copenhagen, Denmark – The Norwegian pilot on the cruise ship, which got into a violent storm last weekend off the Norwegian coast, says the situation became problematic when engine problems occurred.
Inge Lockert told Vesteraalen newspaper Tuesday that "everything went as it should, until we got problems with the engine."
Lockert could not be reached by The Associated Press.
Viking Sky then made a Mayday call on Saturday afternoon, and 479 passengers were picked up by helicopters.
The evacuation was stopped on Sunday, when the ship, which still had about 900 people, hobbled with its own engines into a nearby port after being rebooted.