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Alaska ferry issue strands basketball teams at tournament

March 9, 2018

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An aging Alaska ferry suffered mechanical issues over the weekend, leaving six Southeast Alaska basketball teams stranded in Sitka.

The M/V LeConte ferry broke down on Saturday as the schools’ teams were set to leave a tournament at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, the Juneau Empire reported .

The teams from Angoon, Kake and Hoonah are safely home now and back in school, but not before troubleshooting their travel arrangements.

Tournament Director Andrew Friske was informed Saturday that in order to get the ferry up and running, parts from the Lower 48 would have had to be brought in.

“The part needs to be shipped up from Illinois and it wasn’t going to be here until Wednesday,” Friske said.

Instead, Friske called Eric Majeski, general manager at Allen Marine, a tour company which keeps a smaller ferry ready to go in Sitka. The company’s ferry was able to get the kids home on Monday.

“I think it was a good team effort,” Friske said.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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