Dozens evacuated from small cruise ship in Glacier Bay after engine room fire

USCGC Pike responds


Photo courtesy of the US Coast Guard

Coast Guard Cutter Pike takes the Wilderness Discoverer in tow and maneuvers it safely away from the rocky shore to await a salvage tug. Read more on page 5.

JUNEAU - A fire in the engine room of a small cruise ship in Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve prompted the evacuation of dozens of passengers and crew on Monday. No injuries were reported, and the fire was extinguished, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The fire on board the Wilderness Discoverer was reported to the Coast Guard around 7:30 a.m. UnCruise Adventures, which operates the ship, said 78 passengers and crew members were on board at the time.

All 51 passengers and most crew members were removed from the ship and placed on another cruise ship in the area, the Coast Guard said....

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