Sightseers Rescued after Vessel Strikes Rock in Glacier Bay

The Coast Guard says responders have rescued 72 people on a sightseeing vessel that began taking on water in Alaska’s Glacier Bay after reportedly striking a rock.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew lands on a nearby beach to deliver a dewatering pump to a National Park Service vessel crew to be used if necessary in keeping the sight seeing vessel Baranof Wind afloat in Glacier Bay, Alaska, Aug. 19, 2012. 72 passengers were evacuated from the Baranof Wind after the vessel reportedly struck a rock and started taking on water. Photo courtesy of the Holland America cruise ship Volendam.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Coast Guard says responders have rescued 72 people on a sightseeing vessel that began taking on water in Alaska’s Glacier Bay after reportedly striking a rock.

Coast Guard spokesman David Mosley says there were reports of minor injuries in the incident Sunday involving the 79-foot Baranof Wind.

The Coast Guard says the flooding was contained and there are no immediate reports of pollution.

According to the Coast Guard, 70 people were transferred to the Holland America cruise ship Volendam, which was expected to transport the sightseeing passengers to Bartlett Cove. From there, another vessel will take them to Juneau.

Two others were taken aboard a National Park Service boat, and four crew members remained on board the Baranof Wind.

The Coast Guard is investigating.

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