The captain of the whale watching tour boat that sank in Favorite Channel near Juneau Sunday has been fired. A mandatory meeting of all staff was called by Dolphin Jet Boat Tours owner Doug Ward Monday morning.
The captain of the tour boat that sank in Favorite Channel near Juneau Sunday has been fired.
Mike Clasby, of Juneau Radio Center, was the tour narrator on the Big Red. "We had a very nice whale watch," said Clasby. "We were on our way back after just seeing some humpbacks and all of a sudden there was this horrific bang. I first thought we hit a whale." He now says he believes it was a rock.
Mike attended the mandatory meeting called by Dolphin Jet Boat Tours owner Doug Ward yesterday (Monday) morning to explain what happened. That's when the announcement came of the firing of the boat captain, Kimball Ho. Mike says they reviewed safety measures and details of procedures followed, then Doug informed them he had released Ho due to the fact of error in judgement in getting too close to the rocks near Aaron Island.
Listen to Mike explain the meeting and give thanks again to a small boat that helped save everyone:
The whale watching tour boat was carrying 16 passengers and 2 crew members, but all were saved thanks to Good Samaritans.
Click here for the original story and to hear Mike's harrowing tale of how he was in the water for over twenty minutes, clinging to the anchor of the See Ya, Mike and Erin Carriker's small family boat. An Allen Marine vessel also aided in the rescue.