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Sightseeing vessel runs aground after striking rock in Glacier Bay

Posted: August 19, 2012 - 11:00pm

JUNEAU — The Coast Guard, the National Park Service, and the Holland America cruise ship Volendam responded to a report from the 79-foot sightseeing vessel Baranof Winds, after it reportedly struck a rock and started taking on water in Glacier Bay, Sunday.

The Baranof Winds had 76 passengers on board.

The Coast Guard launched an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew with a dewatering pump and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa to assist the Baranof Winds crew.

The Volendam crew transferred 70 people from the Baranof Winds to their vessel, two people were taken aboard a National Park Service boat and four crewmembers remained aboard the Baranof Winds to maintain pumps and to ensure it stays afloat.

The Baranof Winds reports that the flooding has been contained and an anchor was deployed to help stabilize the vessel. There are no reports of pollution at this time.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau is sending response personnel to investigate the cause of the grounding and pollution potential. They are also working with Allen Marine to develop a towing plan to deliver the Baranof Winds to Sitka, Alaska.

The crew of the Volendam will transport the Baranof Winds passengers to Bartlett Cove where they will be transferred to another Allen Marine vessel and returned to Juneau.

“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 Winds,” said Scott Giard, a Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstander. “Their quick assistance ensured everyone was quickly accounted for and transferred to safety.”

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