Authorities in Valdez, Alaska recovered the bodies of two people floating in the Valdez Glacier Lake next to an overturned canoe and another floating a short distance away with head trauma, a statement from the city said.
The three were identified Thursday as Manfred Brida, 62, an Austrian national, and German nationals Maria Elisabeth Schroer, 68, and 66-year-old Albrecht Paul Thomas Schroder-Schroer.
They were wearing life jackets when they were found. The area surrounding them was littered with icebergs, glacial slush and challenging terrain that made rescue attempts difficult.
Authorities recovered a plastic box with the identification of one of the tourists and keys to a motor home parked in the Valdez Glacier viewing area.
The canoe, paddles and personal items of the deceased were also recovered.