Ontario woman misses cruise, gets lost in Alaska forest

Published on : Saturday, August 6, 2016

Alaska. Southeast. Juneau. Mendenhall Glacier.

A 79-year-old lady from Ontario missed her cruise ship and got lost on a solo journey close to Alaska glacier thereby being compelled to spend a night in Alaska forest. She did not have camping equipment but yet managed to walk back to safety the following day.


The woman could not be traced even after a search on Wednesday night. However, she was capable of hiking to Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Thursday morning, according to Juneau Empire.


Kirby Day, port manager, Princess Cruises said that the lady was quite strong and was certain about her goals. She added that the lady did everything right except for a single wrong turn.


The name of this woman is yet to be identified. But, it has come to light that the woman was a passenger of the Coral Princess that is equipped with 895 crew members and 1,000 passenger cabins.


Nikki Hinds, assistant director, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Centre said that she was aiming for a hike at the East Glacier Trail. Then, she accidentally strayed to Nugget Creek Trail. Finally, as it became darker on Wednesday, she became confused and decided to stay put in the trail itself and spend the night there.


This woman had set off for an independent trail about 19 kms to the East Glacier. However, this hike was not a part of her tour. The employees of the cruise ship and police had called up hotel and tour groups hunting for information about the missing woman.


A patrol officer spent as much as four hours enquiring from people whether they had noticed the woman in downtown.


Meanwhile, the Coral Princess left the port at about 4 pm.


At around 9.30 am, the woman reached the visitor centre, all wet and exhausted. But, she was doing fine.


Nikki Hinds said that the woman was ready for hiking in the temperate forests of Alaska since she was clad in layers of clothing and also a raincoat.


Next, the police officers received the woman from the glacier and drove her to the airport. From the airport, the woman had flown to Ketchikan and joined her ship, as per Kirby Day.


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