A Holland America Line ship helped with rescue efforts after a sightseeing boat carrying 103 passengers got into trouble in Alaska.

MS Statendam assisted the passengers on the boat which suffered from mechanical problems and lost power in the ice near John Hopkins Glacier on Friday.

The ship lowered two tenders, which collected 102 tourists and one Glacier Bay National Park ranger from the stranded 79-foot boat and returned to Statendam.

A park ranger on board Statendam co-ordinated the assistance from the ship’s bridge.

The sightseers were brought to Bartlett Cove, where the sightseeing vessel’s excursion started. The HAL ship then sailed for Seward in Alaska, where it was expected to arrive on schedule yesterday.