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Geyser Burns Children, “Not Our Fault” Say Land Owners

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Geyser Burns Children, “Not Our Fault” Say Land Owners

Geysir - Strokkur

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

A family visiting the Geysir area this Monday were scalded by Strokkur geyser when it erupted.

The two youngest children in the family received first and second degree burns and were transported to hospital in Reykjavík by Coastguard helicopter.

The victims were standing outside of the safety cordon at the time of the accident, believed to have been caused by wind.

Land owners have seized the opportunity to blame the accident entirely on the government; saying that if the State hadn’t prohibited them from charging entry to the site, then they would have money to make it safer for visitors.

They say visitors gradually push the stones, which anchor the chain fence, closer to the hot spring over time, and that they cannot afford to set them in concrete or provide proper surveillance.

The children’s father praised all involved for their professionalism and speed of response. He especially mentions Geysir staff, the local ambulance service, and the helicopter crew who happened to be in the area.

The victims were Icelanders who live in Norway and were on vacation.

The whole nasty episode was caught in a short video, which can be seen here.

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