A ferry carrying nearly 300 people between Finland and Sweden ran aground off an island in the Baltic Sea, in the Alan Islands, Finland, September 20 2020. Picture: JOHAN SODERSTROM/REUTERS
A ferry carrying nearly 300 people between Finland and Sweden ran aground off an island in the Baltic Sea, in the Alan Islands, Finland, September 20 2020. Picture: JOHAN SODERSTROM/REUTERS

Stockholm — A ferry carrying nearly 300 people between Finland and Sweden ran aground off an island in the Baltic Sea on Sunday but nobody was hurt, said Viking Line, the company which operates the ship.

"The situation is stable. No injuries have been identified," the company said in a statement on its website, adding that passengers were being evacuated with the help of the Finnish authorities.

Images on social media showed the large ferry stuck just off a wooded islet among the picturesque Aland islands, an autonomous region of Finland 70km from Sweden.

The Finnish authorities have yet to confirm whether the operation to rescue the ship's 200 passengers and 80 crew is complete.

Video clips on Twitter showed passengers in orange life jackets as helicopters circled above the ship.

The ship was sailing a route between Turku in Finland and the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

Reuters

Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments?
Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.