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Published on : Saturday, August 20, 2016
A brown bear has mauled two wilderness guides on Thursday who had been leading cruise ship travellers on a hiking trail, according to Alaska State Troopers, after the group came quite close to the female animal and her cub.
The injured guides are the crew members of the cruise chip named Wilderness Explorer that was carrying 74 passengers, and were leading a group of 22 people. They were all headed on a hiking expedition to a distance of nearly 30 miles from the northern part of Sitka in southeast Alaska.
Sarah Scotlock, a spokeswoman with Un-Cruise Adventures, a vessel operator said that nobody else from the group has been injured. She also added that she was not certain if there are any eye-witnesses of the incident that occurred on the Sitkoh Creek Trail.
The names of the wilderness guides are yet to be released.
Scotlock said that the guides, a man and a woman have been taken to Sitka for medical treatment. And, she added that the woman who was injured was flown to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Centre for further treatment.
Both the guides were first airlifted by a Coast Guard helicopter for the purpose of providing them treatment after they were informed by the Wilderness Explorer on Thursday afternoon about the incident.
The crew of the cruise ship ushered the injured man and woman inside the chopper that transported both of them to emergency medical personnel in Sitka. The Coast Guard said that the guides had ‘multiple injuries and severe lacerations’.
At present, the conditions of the injured guides are not known.