PUBLISHED: 4:51 PM on Wednesday, July 9, 2008
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard responded to the 178-foot Spirit of Glacier Bay after grounding in Tarr Inlet near Glacier Bay National Park with 51 people aboard at approximately 7:45 a.m. July 7. At press time there were no compromise to the hull and no injuries reported. The Coast Guard launched two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters from Air Station Sitka, a 47-foot motor life boat and a 25-foot response boat from Station Juneau, and launched the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Liberty, from Auke Bay, to assist the cruise ship Spirit of Glacier Bay. The Glacier Bay National Park Service vessel Fairweather II Express was sent to assist as well. Boom was deployed around the vessel as a precaution. The Spirit of Glacier Bay is homeported in Juneau and owned by Cruise West Enterprises. A Coast Guard inspector and investigator also flew to the site of the grounding enroute via commercial float plane. July 7 weather conditions wer clear skies and calm seas.