1,000 to be rescued from stranded cruise ship
Passengers aboard the stranded cruise ship Mona Lisa have been rescued. They were rescued off Latvia.
The Mona Lisa's captain had agreed to evacuate the ship after unsuccessful efforts to free it from a sand bank off Latvia's coast, coast guard officer Ruslans Kulesovs said.
The coast guard will evacuate passengers and crew onto two naval ships, which will then sail to Ventspils, a port city in northwestern Latvia, Kulesovs said.
He could not say how long the evacuation would take, nor could he specify how many crew would remain on board the Bahamas-registered vessel.
Mona Lisa was on its way from Kiel, Germany, to Riga with 984 people on board when it ran aground early Sunday on a sand bank about 17 kilometers (10 miles) from the Latvian coast, officials said. The cause of the accident has not been determined.