Alaska boat hit rock after angling for bear view

Aug 20, 2012 -- 10:38am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The captain of a sightseeing vessel that apparently struck a rock at Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve had been trying to get the vessel nearer shore to see brown bears. John Dunlap, a vice president with Allen Marine Tours, says that at some point, the captain realized he was in shallower water and started to back up. But he says it was along a different track than the boat came in on, and the Baranof Wind apparently hit a rock. Seventy-two passengers were rescued. Dunlap says the mishap occurred during the first half of what's typically an eight-hour cruise. A cruise ship in the area helped to remove most passengers. The crew remained on board. The vessel, owned by Allen Marine Tours, is being brought to Sitka.

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