Passengers Forced To Evacuate As Fire Breaks Out On Cruise Ship In Glacier Bay, Alaska

A fire on a small cruise vessel in Alaska compelled 67 individuals onboard to evacuate on Monday, per the US Coast Guard.

Nearly 51 passengers, along with 16 crew members on the expedition vessel named Wilderness Discoverer, were evacuated to yet another passenger vessel following the blaze, per a news release from the Coast Guard.

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UnCruise Adventures, the company that operates the vessel, mentioned that there were zero injuries from the fire that was contained in the vessel’s engine room.

The highly trained crew members extinguished the fire promptly using emergency protocols, and CO2 was deployed successfully for the safety of all, mentioned Dan Blanchard, the CEO and owner of the company.

The US Coast Guard based in Juneau got a call at around 7:30 am from the crew members on the vessel regarding the fire. The news release mentioned that the boat was sailing in Glacier Bay National Park.

The launch of assets and the untiring teamwork among the Sapphire Princess aided in the timeliness of this rescue, Maximilian Carfagno, Coast Guard Lt. Junior Grade, mentioned in the release.

The Coast Guard added that besides zero injuries, there were no signs of pollution in the water or impact on travel for other ships.

The Sapphire Princess, a large Carnival cruise vessel, aided the Coast Guard in evacuating guests. Crew members on that vessel used a water shuttle to transfer guests aboard.

A tug boat will tow the Wilderness Discover to Ketchikan with 11 crew members who remained on the damaged vessel.

The cause of the fire has not been assessed, per UnCruise Adventures, which has decided to refund its guests and provide hotels and flights to the impacted.

Per the firm website, the vessel was constructed back in 1992. It boasts 34 guest cabins.

References: CNN, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Public News

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