Holland America Cruise Ship Bails Out Alaska Sightseeing Vessel

August 4, 2013
(10:52 EDT) -- A Holland America ship lent a helping hand to a disabled sightseeing boat in Alaska Friday, aiding 102 tourists and a Glacier Bay ranger who had been stranded.

While leaving Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay, Statendam captain Jochem Bakker and crew responded to an aid call around 1:45 p.m., local time. The 79-foot sightseeing ship, the Baranof Wind, had lost power in the ice near John Hopkins Glacier because of mechanical problems, according to a press release from Holland American Line.

The ship lowered two tenders to collect the passengers, and brought them to Bartlett Cove, where the Baranof Wind excursion originated. The ship then sailed for Seward, where it was expected to arrive on schedule today.

This is not the first time that a Holland American ship has had to bail out the Baranof Wind. According to a Fox News report, Volendam rescued 72 passengers in August 2012 after the vessel hit a rock and started taking on water. The ship, owned by Allen Marine, had maneuvered too close to the shore so passengers could get a better look at brown bears on shore, the story says.

"Statendam's Captain Jochem Bakker and his crew responded quickly and professionally to assist the passengers of Baranof Wind," said Richard Meadows, executive vice president marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. "We are proud of our officers and crew."

--by Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor