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WATCH: Kayakers escape massive glacier collapse in Alaska

Monday, August 19th 2019, 5:04 pm - Fortunately, the pair weren't seriously hurt.

A pair of intrepid kayakers paddling the chill waters off of Alaska are, in their own words, 'lucky to be alive' after a glacier partially collapsed in front of them.

Andrew Hooper and Josh Bastyr were kayaking near the Spencer Glacier, south of Anchorage in Alaska's Chugach National Forest, on August 10th, when the collapse happened, initially sending chunks of ice flying toward them.

"I've got hit with a couple pieces of ice. I've got a knot on my hand. I had my ribs hit with a piece of ice. I'm completely soaked. Josh's soaked," Hooper said in a post from the site.

Then came a small tsunami, prompting the duo to turn tail and paddle to safety. Evidently, they made it out just fine, and turned to watch part of the newly-formed iceberg turning slowly in the water.

"Luckily everything turned out OK, so no regrets," Hooper said.

The two kayakers were fortunate to be able to witness the glacier, given the dire future it faces in an increasingly hotter world. Like Canada, which has been warming twice as fast as the global average, Alaska has also been warming fast, having just seen its hottest July on record.

WATCH BELOW: UNSUSPECTING KAYAKERS LUCKY TO ESCAPE MASSIVE CLIFF COLLAPSE ON LAKE SUPERIOR

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