A Holland America Line cruise ship diverted its Alaska itinerary to assist in the rescue of over 40 people from a disabled sightseeing boat.Holland America Line reports that on June 10 while in the vicinity of Jaw Point at Glacier Bay, Alaska, its cruise MS Noordam was alerted that the 79-foot sightseeing vessel Baranof Wind was experiencing mechanical trouble near the Johns Hopkins Glacier.
Once on scene, the ship lowered a tender and collected 40 tourists and one Glacier Bay National Park ranger and returned to the cruise ship.
The sightseers were then brought to Bartlett Cove, where the Baranof Wind excursion originated, at approximately 5:30 p.m. local time. Noordam then sailed for its next port of call, Ketchikan, Alaska, where it arrived on Thursday, June 11.
The cruise ship was in the middle of a seven-day Alaska cruise that sailed roundtrip from Vancouver, British Columbia beginning Saturday, June 6.