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Falling Ice From Glacier Kills Italian Tourist in Alaska

By    |   Tuesday, 03 Mar 2015 02:28 PM

Ice falling from a glacier in Alaska killed Italian tourist Alexander Hellweger Sunday in the Chugach Mountains.

Hellweger, 28, was among eight people from Italy and Belgium who were vacationing in Alaska, the Alaska Dispatch News reported. Hellweger and others in his group were getting ready to take a group photo at Lake George Glacier when he was crushed by the falling ice.

"Alexander was away from the group, but making his way there when the others in his group of heli-skiiers reported hearing the crack of ice as if it was going to calve," Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said, according to The Associated Press. "Some members of the group ran when they heard the ice start to crack. The glacier calved and a chunk fell on Alexander."

The tourists were participating in a heli-skiing and glacier-viewing tour with Chugach Powder Guides, KTUU-TV reported.

Hellweger’s body wasn’t recovered until Monday because of diminishing light and the risk of more ice falling.

Ispen told the Dispatch News that conditions at the glacier Sunday were reported to be unseasonably warm and sunny.

Johan Maesen, who was on the trip with Hellweger, posted about the tragedy on Facebook, saying, “We came up with eight enthusiastic young people for an unforgettable adventure, we return not (sic) back with seven people,” the Daily Mail reported.

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