Cruise Passenger Rescues Self From Alaskan Wilderness
PHOTO: Princess Cruises' Coral Princess cruise ship. (Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises).
What was supposed to be a scenic hike across Alaska's Mendenhall Glacier turned into a harrowing ordeal for one Princess Cruises passenger last week.
The Juneau Empire reported an unnamed 79-year-old passenger aboard the Coral Princess' seven-night Voyage of the Glaciers wound up spending the night in the wilderness of Juneau, Alaska, after getting lost on a hike during an optional land excursion Aug. 3.
The woman, a resident of Ontario, Canada, was attempting to hike the 3.5-mile East Glacier Trail when she became disoriented. She got lost after veering off of the trail and ultimately missed the ship's afternoon departure.
Despite a search effort led by local police, the woman was forced to camp out overnight with no gear before eventually making her way to the glacier's visitor center the next morning.
From there the woman was transported to a nearby airport and reconnected with her cruise ship.
"She's a hardy soul," Princess Cruises port manager Kirby Day told the Empire. "She is a strong lady, and she knew what she was doing. She did all the right things except for making one wrong turn."
Facing the risk of cold temperatures and black bears, Day noted that the woman was extremely fortunate to emerge from the incident unscathed.
"This was one of those ones that turned out good," he added. "We’ve had a couple over the years that didn’t."
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