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U.S. tourists panic after drifting out to sea on piece of broken ice

By Mason White 1:15 PM May 24, 2013
The stranded U.S. tourists on ice 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) Several U.S. tourists freaked out after a piece of ice they were standing on broke off and began drifting out to sea.

The U.S. tourists were enjoying themselves on a glacier in eastern Iceland, when it suddenly began floating away from the coast.

The four tourists were rescued from the Fjallsarlon glacial lagoon. They had set up a table and chairs with plans for dinner when a gust of wind pushed the ice away to sea. They were stranded about 30 feet from the shore. One of the tourists managed to jump off the edge before the ice drifted too far, and ran to get help.

The tourists have not been identified, but a photo showed the three people sitting on chairs, floating on a piece of ice that appears to be slightly larger than the table.

“When we arrived it was quite funny to see them sitting in chairs and a table, on an iceberg,” Pall Vignisson Sigurour said.
“The tourists are luck that the iceberg did not overturn,” he added.

“Tourists need to be extra careful since they are in unfamiliar surroundings. I do a lot of research before I travel in order to make sure I know the place pretty well,” Elen Greer, 31, of Trenton, New Jersey told after being asked to comment about the tourists who drifted out to sea on an iceberg.

Fjallsarlon glacial lagoon is an isolated glacial lagoon of Vatnajokull in the kingdom. Vatnajokull is the largest glacier in Europe.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view