By Yereth Rosen
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Aug 19 Seventy-six people
were rescued on Sunday from a sightseeing vessel that ran
aground in Alaska's Glacier Bay and began filling with water,
the U.S. Coast Guard said.
None of the passengers and crew members aboard the 79-foot
(24.1-meter) Baranof Wind was seriously hurt, though some minor
injuries were reported, Coast Guard Petty Officer David Mosley
Most of the passengers were safely transferred to a large
Holland America cruise ship, the Vollendam, which was in the
area and responded to the emergency, and two people were taken
aboard a National Park Service vessel, the Coast Guard said.
A Coast Guard cutter and helicopter also were dispatched to
Four crew members from the Baranof Wind remained aboard the
tour boat and worked with Coast Guard personnel to pump water
out of the vessel and keep it from sinking, the Coast Guard
said. The boat was stabilized after the accident, and there were
no immediate signs of spills or other pollution, Mosley said.
The boat's owner was arranging to tow the vessel into port,
The accident was reported to the Coast Guard at about 11
a.m. local time (1900 GMT) and it has begun an investigation,
Glacier Bay, at the northern end of southeastern Alaska's
Inside Passage, is a major tourist destination known for its
spectacular scenery and marine life.
(Editing by Paul Simao)