April 19, 2014

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Holland America Cruise Ship Rescues Sinking Vessel

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A Holland America Line cruise ship rescued passengers off a sightseeing vessel that began taking on water in Alaska’s Glacier Bay after striking a rock, this according to the AP.

The 79-foot vessel Baranof  Wind began taking on water at 11am (local time) and notified the USGC. Holland America Line’s 1,432-guest ms Volendam was in the area and assisted in the rescue operation, taking on 70-sightseers. Holland America will take the sightseers to Barlett Cove, Alaska.

None of the passengers on board the vessel were seriously hurt and four crew members remained with the vessel to start pumping water, according to the USCG. The vessel will be towed to Sitka, Alaska.

“The Coast Guard would like to thank the crew of the Volendam, the National Parks Service personnel, and the other Good Samaritans for taking immediate action to aid the passengers and crew of the Baranof Wind,” said Scott Giard, a Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstander. “Their quick assistance ensured everyone was quickly accounted for and transferred to safety.”

The Baranof Wind Glacier Tour is an eight hour cruise aboard a 149 passenger high-speed catamaran managed by Glacier Bay Lodges & Tours.

Glacier Bay is located in Southeast Alaska and a popular tourist destination filled with natural sights and wildlife.

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