Alaska’s worst tourist disaster in years, when a man from Japan was stranded in the Arctic and the United States sent troops to rescue him, has become a cautionary tale for Americans on the West Coast, as well as in Canada and other places.
Alaska tourism is booming, with tourism spending reaching a record high of $6.9 billion last year, according to the Alaska Department of Commerce.
The man was stranded near a lake in the city of Fairbanks on the shores of Lake Superior when he was caught in a storm.
The storm knocked out power to the rest of the state, forcing the state to send troops to help him.
Alaskans were horrified by the news.
They were horrified to see the man in a freezing state, unable to get out of the cold.
It was just too bad that his fellow citizens in Alaska didn’t have a similar experience.
In this undated handout photo provided by the Department of Interior, a man is carried out of Fairford, Alaska, after being stranded at sea on Lake Superior in January.
In a report by the Alaska Highway Patrol, a woman is seen carrying a small boy with a small gash on his head in a boat on the lakefront in Fairbanks, Alaska.
In an undated photo provided to The Associated Press by the Coast Guard, a helicopter is seen flying over Fairbanks after rescue efforts were called off on Jan. 6, 2018.
In the days leading up to the rescue, many Alaskaians were desperate to get home, worried about how long they could stay.
But the state’s tourism industry is booming.
Alcohol sales, which had been plummeting as people were struggling to stay afloat, soared in February, according the Alaska Tourism Bureau.
And with many tourists spending money on alcohol, some were tempted to binge drink.
The Department of Agriculture reports that alcohol sales increased 10 percent in February alone.
The first rescue came when the man, identified only by his first name, Akihiko, was discovered by a fisherman in February 2018.
He was taken to a remote spot and brought to shore, where he was later rescued by a rescue team.
The state of Alaska’s tourism agency says Akihito, who was about 80, has since recovered.