ANCHORAGE (AP) – A newly-married woman from Belarus who was swept away by a river in Alaska tried to reach an abandoned bus, which became famous through the book and the movie "Into the Wild".
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that 24-year-old Veramika Maikamava and her husband, 24-year-old Piotr Markielau, drove to the bus on Thursday when hiker Christopher McCandless died in 1992.
The bus has been the source of several rescues since it became famous, first by Jon Krakauer's book published in 1996, and then by Sean Penn's 2007 film. Both reported about McCandless' life and death, with little food and equipment in the wilderness of Alaska and spent the summer in the bus. McCandless was found dead on the bus nearly four months later.
According to Alaska State Troopers, Markielau called on Fairbanks soldiers late Thursday to report his wife's death during a hike on the Stampede Trail near Healy when the woman was flooded. The river was high and fast due to the recent rains.
According to soldiers, Markielau was able to pull his wife out of the water a little downstream, but she had died by then.
The corpse has died restored.