Tourists dining on Icelandic iceberg washed out to sea

Posted May 25, 2013 by Katerina Nikolas
A small group of American tourists dining on top of an ice glacier in frozen Iceland had to be rescued when the ice broke away from the land and began to drift out to sea.
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The four tourists set up a folding table and chairs atop an ice slab in Iceland's Fjallsárlón glacial lagoon and settled down to enjoy dinner. Their plans came adrift though as the ice slab was suddenly pushed into the lagoon by strong winds.
According to Iceland Review one of the party managed to jump to shore and call for help as the remaining three diners drifted away from land. The tourists were left drifting for about an hour before a rescue boat arrived.
Páll Sigurður Vignisson of the Hornafjörður rescue team told NBC News:
"The ice was solid when they got there, but when they set the table and chairs the wind changed and the next minute they were blown some 10-15 meters into the lagoon.
The scene was comical – they were sitting on the chairs around a table, on a piece of floating ice. But the iceberg could have cracked or flipped over any minute, throwing them into very deep, almost frozen waters."