Gustavus Group Airlifted Out of Flooded Area in Peru

Posted on January 28th, 2010 by

The 21 students and two faculty members from Gustavus Adolphus College who had been stranded near Machu Picchu in Peru, have been airlifted out of the flooded area to the nearby city of Cusco.

Carolyn O’Grady, Director of the Center for International and Cultural Education at the College, received word around 5:30 p.m. Central Standard Time that the group had arrived safely in Cusco.

“We’re obviously happy and relieved to hear the great news that the group has arrived safely in Cusco,” O’Grady said. “The group, led by faculty members Debra Pitton and Mary Solberg, handled this situation extremely well. We are excited to get the group back to campus so they can share their stories from this study-away experience.”

The group will stay in a hotel in Cusco tonight while Gustavus officials arrange a flight back to the United States.


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