An Icelandic man in his thirties died on December 28 while diving in the Silfra rift in Þingvellir National Park in Southwest Iceland, a popular diving destination. The man had been diving with another person at a depth of around 40 meters when the accident occurred, ruv.is reports.
The man’s companion immediately dived down to him and got him to the surface where resuscitation attempts were commenced immediately. The man was however pronounced dead at the scene and his companion transported to hospital with suspected decompression illness. No further details on the incident have yet been released.
The man who died at Silfra has been named as Björn Kolbeinsson (b.1977). Björn worked as a specialist with EFTA in Geneva. He was not married and had no children. He was in Iceland to visit family and friends during the holiday period.