Tour boat cracks hull on rock in Lynn Canal

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- The 65-foot, Haines-based tour boat Fjordland began taking on water Monday night after striking a rock in Lynn Canal.

Coast Guard officials said they received a call from the Fjordland at about 7:30 p.m. The crew told Coast Guard officials the ship's pumps were not keeping up with the flooding and the crew decided to turn around and return to Haines.

A crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Maple, which was in the area, brought extra pumps to the Fjordland to keep up with the flooding until the boat made its way back to Haines at about nine p.m.

There were 45 people on board, including the crew. No injuries were reported.

An investigation found a two-foot-long crack in the hull.

The Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office in Juneau is investigating. The investigation will include mandatory drug and alcohol testing of the crew, a routine practice following a maritime accident. The agency will also look into action taken to safeguard the passengers.

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