Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Maritime Agencies Responded to Bomb Threat

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Juneau Police Department and Alaska Marine Highway System answered a reported bomb threat Wednesday morning aboard a ferry set to leave Juneau, Alaska.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau fielded the call from the captain of motor vessel LeConte, who reported the threat. The police caught the suspect who “reportedly drove a vehicle onto the ferry and made the threats,” according to USCG.

The agencies worked together to make sure passengers were safe and service was restored. The Coast Guard created a 1,000-yard safety perimeter around the ferry terminal to protect boaters while a security sweep of the ferry was done. No credible threats were found.

“Our crews train to respond to a variety of situations and take all threats very seriously,” said Capt. Stephen White, commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “This incident highlights the importance of maintaining, exercising, and following security plans. The actions taken by AMHS personnel enabled a prompt response by JPD and the Coast Guard.”