Powerful waves injured a foreign tourist early yesterday afternoon at South Iceland’s popular Reynisfjara black sand beach, Vísir reports. The man was toppled by a wave, but managed to grope his way back to shore, according to Sigurður Sigurbjörnsson, an officer on duty at Vík í Mýrdal, located by the beach.
Response teams were called out around 3.00pm yesterday to attend to the man, who obtained a shoulder injury and was transported to hospital for examination. Sigurður took a video of the waves on the beach shortly after the man’s departure, which shows other tourists being trapped against cliffs by the waves.
The screenshot above is from a video taken by guide Þórólfur Sævar Sæmundsson shortly before the incident took place.
Reynisfjara has been the site of numerous accidents and a few fatalities over the years. No amount of signage on the popular beach seems to convince tourists to stay a safe distance away from its dangerous and powerful waves.