The Dutch freighter Eemslift Hendrika, which floats adrift off the coast of Norway without a working main engine, is being salvaged.

The Norwegian coast guard started the salvage work on Wednesday morning.

"Personnel from the salvage company are currently being put on the ship by helicopter. The salvage operation will be carried out in the coming hours," said the coast guard, who said four people will be put on board the ship.

The salvage will be carried out by the Dutch Boskalis, which last week was involved in the successful salvage operation of the container ship Ever Given in the Suez Canal.

The company has hired two Norwegian tugs to tow Eemslift Hendrika to calm water.

The freighter gave a distress signal on Monday morning because it was threatening to capsize.

The people on board were evacuated as a precaution and taken to the Norwegian town of Alesund.

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Helicopter rescues freighter crew near Norway