UnCruise Adventures, a provider of small ship adventure cruises, confirmed Monday that a fire aboard the vessel Wilderness Discoverer was contained to the boat’s engine room.
The vessel was in Glacier Bay National Park when the incident occurred at 7:23 a.m. Alaska time, June 5, while 78 passengers and crew were onboard. No one was injured.
“We are relieved to confirm that there have been no injuries resulting from the fire. Our highly trained crew promptly extinguished the fire using established emergency protocols, and CO2 was successfully deployed for everyone's safety,”
“We have conducted thorough assessments, and we are pleased to report that there are currently no discernible environmental impacts within the affected area," Blanchard's statement said. "Local and federal authorities have been promptly notified, and we are working closely with them to ensure a coordinated response in the area."
To facilitate the seamless transfer of passengers, additional vessels from the area immediately assisted with disembarking 51 passengers and 17 crew from the Wilderness Discoverer, with 10 crew remaining onboard.
"The cause of the engine room fire is yet to be determined and an investigation is currently underway to determine the cause. We will actively cooperate with the authorities and conduct a thorough assessment," the statement said.