USA news: Kayakers survive glacier collapse in Alaska as ice chunks creates wave

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Two kayakers just escaped with their lives after a massive glacier collapsed in front of them in Alaska.

A glacier has collapsed and sent a wall of icy water straight at two kayakers who had approached the cliff after hearing cracking noises.

Andrew Hooper and Josh Bastyr were exploring Spencer Glacier in Alaska last weekend when a massive sheet of ice calved off it.

The two kayakers were enjoying a day of adventure.
The two kayakers were enjoying a day of adventure. (Supplied)

The kayakers filmed as the huge chunk of ice dropped away and created a surge of water.

The kayakers, who operate the YouTube channels Steering South and Home With the Hoopers, wrote about their harrowing experience online.

“Andrew from Home With the Hoopers and I took a trip to Spencer Glacier for a one night camping and kayaking adventure. After setting up camp we hit the glacial lake for some awesome kayaking,” Bastyr wrote on Steering South.

They were shocked when a huge wall of ice calved off the glacier.
They were shocked when a huge wall of ice calved off the glacier. (Supplied)

“We made the 1.5 mile (2.4km) trek to the glacier and started hearing calving in the distance. We decided to investigate the noises and came face to face with one of nature’s most awesome forces.”

Bastyr added that it was one of the most intense things he ever witnessed and said they’re both lucky to be alive.

A 3-3.7 metre wave of freezing water rushed towards the pair.
A 3-3.7 metre wave of freezing water rushed towards the pair. (Supplied)

“A chunk of a glacier calved about 50 foot (15 metres) from us and created a 10-12 foot (3- 3.7 metre) wave. We were pelted with chunks of flying ice and buckets of water. To say we are lucky to be alive is an understatement,” Hooper wrote on his channel.

“We learned our lesson and will give glaciers the space they deserve next time we are out exploring.”

Spencer Glacier rises 1067 metres, and is located in the Chugach National Forest about 100km south of Anchorage.



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