Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cruise News: Holland America Line’s Volendam Rescues Stranded Sightseers in Glacier Bay

While en route to Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay, Alaska, Holland America Line’s ms Volendam rescued 70 persons from a disabled sightseeing boat belonging to Allen Marine on Sunday, Aug. 19th. Volendam responded to a distress call at 11:16 am local time from the 79-foot sightseeing vessel Baranof Wind, which struck a rock near Russell Island in Glacier Bay. The incident disabled the boat’s steering and propulsion and caused it to take on water.

Volendam lowered a tender, which collected 69 tourists and one Glacier Bay park ranger and returned to the ship, where the passengers were cleared through security, given a safety briefing, and then provided a meal. Volendam continued on to Margerie Glacier following the rescue.

“It’s the code of the sea to provide assistance in an emergency, and Captain Peter Bos and his crew responded quickly and professionally to render aid to the passengers of Baranof Wind,” said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. “We are proud of our officers and crew, and this is shining example of how our training prepares us to react to any situation.”

Volendam rendezvoused with an Allen Marine boat at around 6 pm to transfer the rescued passengers back to Bartlett Cove, where their excursion originated. The Holland America Line ship then proceeded to its next port call at Ketchikan, where it arrived on schedule.

The U.S. Coast Guard thanked the crew of Volendam for their quick response to the emergency.

Image Courtesy of Holland America Line

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