Ferry rides out storm in remote bay

Posted: Sunday, December 05, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A state ferry carrying 40 people has arrived in Cordova after anchoring overnight in a remote bay to ride out a storm that hit Prince William Sound.

Department of Transportation spokesman Roger Wetherell said the Chenega, one of the Alaska Marine Highway System's fast ferries, moored in Cordova around midday Saturday.

The vessel left Whittier on Friday afternoon for the three-hour, 15 minute return trip to Cordova, but ran into 10-foot waves and winds of 45 to 50 mph. The crew decided to take shelter in the protected bay.

Wetherell says the vessel is essentially a day boat. It has no staterooms, so passengers had to spend the night in seats or on the deck.

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