Woman injured when wave from calving glacier hits Tracy Arm tour boat

By August 8, 2011Outdoors

A 60-year-old woman suffered a broken leg last Thursday when the tour boat she was on got too close to a calving glacier in Tracy Arm.

A video of the incident posted on the website LiveLeak.com on Sunday shows a large chunk of the glacier break off, sending waves and ice flying toward the vessel.

Passengers’ shouts of “Danger! Danger! Danger!” soon turn to concern as a group of people crowd around the woman lying in obvious pain on the deck of the boat.

The Coast Guard says the woman was aboard the 65-foot Captain Cook, operated by Adventure Bound Alaska. She apparently lost her balance and fell when the wave hit the boat. The vessel contacted Coast Guard Sector Juneau as soon as the accident occurred, but determined it would be faster and easier to return to town without waiting for a Coast Guard vessel to deploy. An ambulance met the woman upon her return to shore.

The Coast Guard is investigating the incident. A spokesperson for Adventure Bound Alaska was unavailable to comment.

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