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More than 400 people stranded after ferry runs aground in Finland

November 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Viking Line cruise ship Viking Grace has run aground with some 300 passengers in south of Mariehamn, the Aland islands, Finland, on November 21, 2020. - A passenger ferry ran aground next to islands between Sweden and Finland, leaving nearly 430 passengers and crew stranded for the night, the Finnish owner and coast guard said. (Photo by Niclas Nordlund / Lehtikuva / AFP) / Finland OUT (Photo by NICLAS NORDLUND/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images)

Some 331 passengers and 98 crew members are stranded after the MS Viking Grace, a large passenger ferry, ran aground Saturday afternoon off the coast of Mariehamn, in the Finnish archipelago of the Aland Islands, according to the Finnish Coast Guard.

(CNN)Some 331 passengers and 98 crew members are stranded after the MS Viking Grace, a large passenger ferry, ran aground Saturday afternoon off the coast of Mariehamn, in the Finnish archipelago of the Aland Islands, according to the Finnish Coast Guard.

No initial injuries were reported in the incident as the Viking Line ferry was sailing between Stockholm, Sweden, and Turku, Finland, with a brief stopover planned in Mariehamn.

According to a statement released by Viking Line in Finland, the ship became stranded just off the shore at 3:49 p. m.

Divers from the Finnish Coast Guard examined the hull of the stranded ship and said it was not taking on water or leaking fuel.

Measuring 218 meters (about 238 yards) in length with 10 decks, the MS Viking Grace was built to carry close to 3,000 passengers, but capacity on board has been restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Viking operates several ferries a day between Turku and Stockholm, which is about a 10-hour journey one-way.

This is the second Viking Line ship to be grounded off the Aland islands, a Swedish-speaking region of Finland located in the Baltic Sea, in the past two months.

In September, another Viking Line passenger ferry, the MS Amorella, also ran aground on the Aland Islands.

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