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Three Tourists Washed to Sea

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Archive photo. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Three tourists were picked up by a large wave at Kirkjufjara by Dyrhólaey, South Iceland yesterday afternoon.

According to South Iceland police the people were in a small coach party and had stopped to see the famous black sand beach.

The beach there is a tourist magnet and notorious for its large, and sometimes deadly, waves. People are always advised to stay well back from the crashing surf, as some have been washed out to sea.

RÚV reports that the three tourists were pulled a little way out, but that their travel companions managed to pluck them from the water and all three escaped unharmed—though wet through and shaken.

Police arrived at the scene from Vík í Mýrdal and cordoned off the section of beach so that vehicles could not access it.

Yesterday saw particularly large waves batter the South Iceland beaches of Víkurfjara, Reynisfjara and around Dyrhólaey. Police and local authorities stress the dangers of getting too close to large waves in these areas.

In a straight line to the south, there is nothing between Reynisfjara and Antarctica—though the route does skirt along the West African coast.

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