Adventurous grandmother posing for photos on 'ice throne' rescued after drifting away from shore in Iceland
The incident unfolded at the Jökulsárlón Lagoon, a glacial lagoon in southeastern Iceland known for its pristine blue waters dotted with icebergs
A Texan grandmother who wanted to have pictures of her taken while she was posing on an iceberg that resembled a throne in Iceland got more than she bargained for after the 'ice throne' began floating away and took her away from the safety of the shore.
According to Buzzfeed, 24-year-old Catherine Streng found out of her grandmother's hilarious predicament from her father who was touring the Nordic nation alongside his mother to experience its "nature and beautiful scenery."
The incident in question unfolded at the Jökulsárlón Lagoon, a glacial lagoon bordering the Vatnajökull National Park in southeastern Iceland known for its pristine blue waters dotted with icebergs from the surrounding Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier.
It would be one of these icebergs which would put the grandmother, who has not been named, in her unfortunate predicament. She came across one that was shaped like a throne along the shore of the lagoon and decided to sit on it so her son could snap some photos.
My grandmother almost got lost at sea in Iceland today lmaoooo pic.twitter.com/osHrwTEkyr— babygirl, u dont know (@Xiushook) February 25, 2019
But as luck would have it, as Mr. Streng was taking the photos, a single wave of water suddenly lifted the makeshift throne away from the shore with his mother still very much on the piece of ice. Mr. Streng, however, saw the funny side, and continued to take pictures, eventually sending them to his daughter and describing the incident in the most hilarious fashion possible.
Catherine shared the message she received, which read, "She ascended the throne after a wave had pulled back and left it briefly exposed on the beach. Then a wave washed in and dislodged the ice throne, rocking it from side to side. When the wave retreated, it lifted the dislodged throne and carried her out with the tide."
The "ice throne" ended up being pushed so far out that the grandmother had to be rescued. Buzzfeed reported that, luckily, a man who was close by at the scene at the time was Randy Lacount, a licensed boat captain from Florida who had professional water rescue training.
Mr. Streng said the boat captain waded out into the "roiling water" and pulled his mother off the iceberg as it drifted out further, supporting her until they reached the safety of the shore.
Catherine posted some of the messages on Twitter and they quickly went viral, getting over 150,000 likes and over 63,000 retweets. As expected, some of the comments were hilarious. "Granny is going to atlantis," one read, while another had written, "elsa in 60 years." A third user tweeted, "That’s Rose from the Titanic ain’t it."
The experience must not have bothered either too much considering they are still vacationing in Iceland.