Midland couple evacuated off the coast of Norway

Suzy Prucka interview

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Engine failure on a Viking Sky cruise ship combined with severe weather off of Norway’s western coast on March 23 let crews and passengers shaken up.

On that ship was a couple right here from Midland, Larry and Valerie Prucka, who were among 1300 passengers waiting to be rescued.

Their daughter Suzy Prucka received 25 text messages from her mom the morning of the mayday.

Valerie almost fell out of bed, furniture and guest were thrown about, but Suzy was able to maintain contact with her parents through Facebook Messenger.

The ship anchored due to high winds in Hustadsvika Bay, between the western Norwegian cities of Alesund and Trondheim to begin evacuations.

Tumultuous waves prevented boats to access the ship. The only way to get guests off safely was by helicopters.

Passengers could been seen below deck wearing life preservers as they waited their turn to get off the ship.

Larry and Valerie Prucka waiting to be evacuated from Viking Sky cruise ship anchored off the western coast of Norway (Source: Suzy Prucka).
Larry and Valerie Prucka waiting to be evacuated from Viking Sky cruise ship anchored off the western coast of Norway (Source: Suzy Prucka). (Suzy Prucka)

Only 20 guest needed medical assistance, the Prucka’s not being a part of that count.

Overall, the Prucka’s remained in good spirit despite the ordeal, making the best of a rocky situation and have even booked a cruise for the summer.

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