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The 11,200-tonne Kong Harald ran aground at the mouth of the Trollfjord in Norway at midnight local time on Monday.

Carrying 258 passengers and 57 crew, the ship was able to free itself when high tide came in at approximately 4am local time and continue onto Svolvær on Lofoten following an inspection by military divers.

There were no reported injuries to passengers or crew with all passengers disembarked and flown home on Tuesday.

“This isn’t any fun, but what can I say,” Captain Brynjar Ulvøy told local reporters on arrival into Svolvær on Lofoten.

“Everyone can have an accident in their cars too.”

Captain Ulvøy went on to explain that the grounding happened near his home, an area that he knows, “like the back of his hand”, but that the incident was “absolutely not dramatic”.

Passengers reported a loud noise and were asked to dress and assemble on deck.

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Words: Natalie Aroyan