Tour Boat Passenger Injured by Calving Glacier

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 posted on the website on Sunday shows a large chunk of the glacier break off and send waves and ice flying toward the vessel.

The shouts heard there soon turn to concern as a group of people crowd around the woman lying in obvious pain on the deck of the boat.

Jonathan Lally with Coast Guard Public Affairs says the woman was aboard the 65-foot Captain Cook, operated by Adventure Bound Alaska. He says she apparently lost her balance and fell when the wave hit the boat.

The Captain Cook returned to Juneau with the woman on board. She was met there by local emergency medical technicians.

Petty Officer Chris Harkins with Coast Guard sector Juneau says the incident is under investigation. A spokesperson for Adventure Bound Alaska was unavailable to comment.

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Casey Kelly is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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