FAIRBANKS, Alaska – A newlywed 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".
Veramika Maikamava, 24, and her husband Piotr Markielau, also 24, drove on Thursday in the bus that killed hiker Christopher McCandless in 1992, The Fairbanks told Daily News miners.
The bus has been the source of several rescue operations since its creation, first by Jon Krakauer's 1996 book and then by Sean Penn's 2007 film. Both reported McCandless' life and death, with little food and equipment into the wilderness of Alaska and spent the summer in the bus. McCandless was found dead on the bus nearly four months later.
Markielau called soldiers in Fairbanks late Thursday to report his wife's death during a hike.
The couple attempted to cross the Teklanika River along the river's Stampede Trail near Healy when the woman was swept underwater, the soldiers said. Due to the recent rains, the river flowed high and fast.
Markielau reported that he was able to pull his wife out of the water a short distance downstream, but she had died by then, the soldiers said.
The body was recovered.
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In May 2013, three German hikers attempted to reach the bus on the Stampede Trail near Healy, about 10 miles north of the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve on the Parks Highway, also had to be rescued. They told the soldiers that the river they crossed to get to the bus had become impassable to return because of the high, fast-flowing water. The hikers had the right equipment, but only enough food for three days, the soldiers said.
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