Cruise Ship Rescues 103 Off Disabled Alaskan Boat

By Accidents
While Holland America Line's ms Statendam cruise ship was leaving from Margerie Glacier to depart Glacier Bay, assisted 103 people on a disabled sightseeing vessel, having responded to a distress call to assist the 79-foot sightseeing boat Baranof Wind that was experiencing mechanical problem and had lost power in the ice near John Hopkins Glacier.

The vessel lowered 2 tenders that gathered 102 tourists and 1 ranger of the Glacier Bay National Park and returned to cruise ship Statendam. The ranger of Glacier Bay National Park who was aboard the cruise ship Statendam assisted in coordinating the assistance from the vessel's bridge.

The sightseers were moved to the Bartlett Cove vessel, where the Baranof Wind's excursion originated and the cruise ship Statendam then sailed for Seward, Alaska, where it is expected to arrive on schedule Sunday, 4th of August."The captain of the cruise ship Statendam, Jochem Bakker and his crew members responded promptly and professionally to assist the people in trouble of Baranof Wind," told the Executive Vice President marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line, Richard Meadows. "We are proud of our officers and crew members."