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Woman Stranded on Islet in Þingvallavatn

A woman who got stranded on an islet in Lake Þingvallavatn, South Iceland, after her boat got stuck swam 70 to 100 meters in ice-cold water to get to shore last night.

thingvellir-fall2010_pkLake Þingvallavatn. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The woman is now recovering in hospital. It is not clear whether she has any injuries but a man who was with her, has a broken rib.

She told mbl.is that she had stood up in the boat as she was approaching land and then hit a rock close to an islet, before hitting the accelerator by accident, throwing her onto the rocks.

The accident happened around 8 pm last night and search and rescue were called out at 10 pm. After trying to dislodge the boat, the woman, who was dressed in a dry suit, swam to shore wearing a life vest so that her head would remain above the icy water.

Once back on shore, she phoned search and rescue from her accommodation by the lake.

Her partner was rescued from the islet at 11 pm.


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