Falling glacier kills three men on boat

Kayakers discover bodies in lake

Zamira Rahim
Saturday 03 August 2019 00:44
An aerial view of the Valdez Glacier
An aerial view of the Valdez Glacier

Three men are believed to have been killed by ice falling from a melting glacier in Alaska.

Two German citizens and an Austrian man were found dead in Valdez Glacier Lake, around 120 miles east of Anchorage.

The bodies were discovered in an area that “was littered with floating icebergs, glacial slush and challenging terrain for recovery,” according to a Valdez City spokesperson.

Those conditions, plus the location of the remains near the lowest end of Valdez Glacier, suggested that falling glacial ice killed the boaters.

“Because of the ice debris in the area where they were found, that is what leads us to suspect that is what happened,” the spokesperson added.

At least one of the victims was left with a severe head trauma.

There were no eyewitnesses to the deaths. The three bodies were found by kayakers on Tuesday.

The state medical examiner’s office will determine what killed the men shortly, the spokesperson said.

The victims were identified as Manfred Brida, 62, of Austria, and Maria Elisabeth Schroer, 68, and Albrecht Paul Thomas Schroder-Shroer, of Germany.

The three had been boating in an inflatable canoe-type craft, which was recovered from the scene, along with the victims’ other belongings.

Support free-thinking journalism and attend Independent events

Additional reporting by agencies

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in