Earlier this week, Holland America Line’s Statendam aided in the rescue of 102 tourists and a Glacier Bay Park Ranger, after their sightseeing boat had become disabled.
The sightseeing boat, the Baranof Wind, was touring Glacier Bay at the time and had just departed the John Hopkins Glacier when a mechanical fault disabled the ship. The Baranof Wind’s crew sent out a call for distress and the Statendam quickly arrived on the scene. Once at the distressed boat’s location, the Statendam lowered two tenders, which were used to ferry the tourists from the Baranof Wind to the Statendam.
Once all tourists had been brought aboard the Statendam, she made her way to Bartlett Cove, where the sightseeing trip had begun, to disembark the tourists. The Statendam then proceeded to her final port of the cruise, Seward, where she is expected to arrive on time later today.
This is the second time in the past year that a Holland America Line ship has come to the aid of the Baranof Wind. Last August, the Baranof Wind struck a rock and began taking on water. A call for distress was put out and the Volendam responded, rescuing all the tourists and crew of the Baranof Wind.