Nearly 1,000 trapped in passenger ferry in Baltic Sea

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Nearly 1,000 people were trapped when a passenger ferry was stranded in ice in the Baltic Sea off Sweden's eastern coast, Swedish maritime agency said on Friday.

A handout photo released by the Swedish Coast Guard shows a large cargo ship stuck in the ice in the Baltic Sea. [Xinhua/AFP Photo]

The Swedish Maritime Administration said the ferry Amorella, with 753 passengers and 190 crew members aboard, was stuck at the edge of an archipelago northeast of Stockholm.

Ice breakers were trying to free the ferry and dozens of other ships stranded in the area while helicopters were ready to evacuate passengers if needed.

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