A man and a woman mauled by a brown bear in Alaska were airlifted by Coast Guard helicopter in order to receive medical treatment.

The two are wilderness guides leading a group of cruise ship passengers on a shore excursion 30 miles north of Sitka AK.

The cruise ship Wilderness Explorer on Thursday afternoon  (August 18) notified the US Coast Guard that a couple of its passengers had been mauled, so the USCG launched a helicopter out of Sitka.

Wilderness Explorer

Image: adventuresmithexplorations.com

The crew hoisted the guides into the chopper from the Angoon woods and transported them to Sitka emergency medical personnel with "multiple injuries and severe lacerations."

An Alaska news website wrote the guides used pepper spray and the bear retreated.

For reports on other cruise ship accidents see at CruiseMinus.com.