A US tourist is dead after snorkeling yesterday in Silfra fissure, Þingvellir National Park, Southwest Iceland, RÚV reports. Chief Superintendent Oddur Árnason stated it was too early to tell if his death resulted from an accident or was health related.
Two groups of eight tourists were on their way back to the bank of the fissure when the man lost consciousness and had to be pulled up from the water. Resuscitation efforts on the scene were unsuccessful. CPR efforts continued in vain while the man was transported by helicopter to Landspítali National University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Just over a month ago, a foreign woman in her thirties became exhausted while scuba-diving and was pulled out of the water unconscious. She was successfully resuscitated. According to RÚV, six additional serious accidents have occurred in Silfra since 2010, three of them fatal. Last year, almost 50,000 tourists visited the fissure, 10,000 of whom went scuba-diving and 40,000 snorkeled.