The Latest: Woman dies in Alaska trying to reach famed bus

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on woman’s river death in Alaska (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

A newlywed woman from Belarus who was swept away by a river in Alaska was trying to reach an abandoned bus made famous by the book and film “Into the Wild.”

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 24-year-old Veramika Maikamava and her husband, 24-year-old Piotr Markielau, on Thursday were heading for the bus where hiker Christopher McCandless met his death in 1992.

The bus has been the source of multiple rescues since it was made famous, first by Jon Krakauer’s book published in 1996 and then by Sean Penn’s 2007 film. Both chronicled the life and death of McCandless, who hiked into the Alaska wilderness with little food and equipment and spent the summer living in the bus. McCandless was found dead in the bus almost four months later.

Alaska State Troopers say Markielau called troopers in Fairbanks late Thursday to report his wife’s death during a hike.

Troopers say the couple was trying to cross the Teklanika River along the Stampede Trail near Healy when the woman was swept under water. The river was flowing high and fast because of recent rains.

Troopers say Markielau reported he was able to pull his wife out of the water a short distance away downriver, but she had died by then.

The body has been recovered.

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1:15 p.m.

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a woman whose husband reported she was swept under water while trying to cross a river.

Troopers say 24-year-old Piotr Markielau called troopers in Fairbanks late Thursday to report the death of 24-year-old Veramika Maikamava during a hike.

Troopers say the couple was trying to cross the Teklanika River along the Stampede Trail near Healy when the woman was swept under water. The river was flowing high and fast because of recent rains.

According to troopers, Markielau said he was able to pull his wife out of the water a short distance away downriver but she had died by then.

Troopers and others used all-terrain vehicles to recover the body.

The remains have been sent to the state medical examiner’s office.

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