Four men were in grave danger on Reynisfjara beach, South Iceland, yesterday, when they were swept away by a huge wave, RÚV reports. Three of the men, who work in the tourism industry, went down to the beach to warn an unsuspecting tourist of imminent danger, but while they were there, the wave swept them all away.
Marten Ingi Lövdahl describes what happened: The tourist, who is a Canadian, was taking pictures on the beach when his camera was taken out by a wave. “My friends pulled him up and then this huge wave hit, swiping all of them into the cave.” He says they described the experience as being in a washer.
Shortly before this occurred, a group of people passed the cave. “This area is so dangerous that no one should go there without a guide,” Marten asserts. “There are several hundred meters from the ocean up to the cave. People have trouble there again and again, because they’re unaware of the danger.”
In his opinion, the beach should be closed on days like these when the surf is high. A small warning sign on the beach doesn’t do the job of making people aware of the risk.