Passenger dies in Alaska cruise kayaking accident

Passenger dies in Alaska cruise kayaking accident

A passenger travelling on a Royal Caribbean International ship has died in a kayaking accident in Alaska.

The 62 year old man from Texas was on an excursion from Rhapsody of the Seas on Mendenhall Lake in Juneau.

Michael Fullerton died on Sunday afternoon when his kayak overturned.

He was part of a group who rented kayaks to tour the lake at the foot of Mendenhall Glacier.

Others in the group also overturned, although they survived and were treated for hypothermia.

The group was not part of a guided trip but they were given a safety briefing before they loaded their kayaks and gear.

Tongass National Forest supervisor Forrest Cole said Fullerton apparently became fatigued and was unable to paddle.

“The group tied their kayaks together and it’s still unclear to us at this point how the kayaks overturned,” he reportedly said.

The cruise company said: "A US male guest aboard Rhapsody of the Seas passed away while on an independent shore excursion involving rented kayaks.

"There was an accident and the guest went into the water. He was rescued, but died at the scene."

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