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Whale Watching and LeConte Glacier Tours based out of Petersburg Alaska

Inflatable skiff occupants escape glacier calving, shooters


Occupants of an inflatable skiff escaped serious injury or more likely, death, by just minutes on Sunday morning.

While on a morning excursion to LeConte Glacier, a customer with Whale Song Cruises said they thought they saw a pod of killer whales at the face of the glacier. The whales it turned out were passengers aboard an inflatable skiff navigating within a few yards of the glacier face explained skipper Ron Loesch.

After nearly 20 minutes with only a couple of minor calving incidents, Loesch said a continuous calving event near the north edge of the face gave way to 100-foot tall pilla...

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