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German Tourist Saves Couple from Drowning

A German tourist saved two of his countrymen, a couple in their sixties, from drowning on Tuesday on the beach by Dyrhólaey peninsula in south Iceland, a popular tourist attraction. A wave hit the couple and three other tourists and dragged them into the ocean.

“The German couple became powerless immediately, just lay helpless and rolled in a mixture of sand and sea water,” tour guide Ari Arnórsson, who witnessed the event, told Fréttabladid.

Arnórsson said Lothar Beckers, who saved the couple, had been very heroic. “He did everything 100 percent correctly.” Beckers chose a small wave to jump into the ocean and first caught the woman and then the man. He then received assistance from others.

“They were both conscious and did not seem to have swallowed sea water. If this man [Beckers] had not done what he did this news story would have covered the death of two German tourists,” Arnórsson stated.

Arnórsson said it is unacceptable that there is no sign on the beach to warn tourists about rouge waves. Guides warn their groups, he said, but many tourists travel around Iceland on their own.

According to Arnórsson, Tuesday’s event is not the first case of near-drowning on the Dyrhólaey beach. Every tour guide with some experience has at some point been forced to drag people out of the ocean in the exact same spot.

Last year an American tourist drowned in the area.

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