The South Iceland Police has just announced on its Facebook page that a man died this morning on Reynisfjara beach as he was caught by a wave. The man was a foreign tourist, traveling with his wife.
The Icelandic Coast Guard helicopter was called out between 10 am and 11 am, as were rescue teams from Vík and the Westman Islands.
South Iceland Chief of Police Sveinn Kristján Rúnarsson confirmed with RÚV that the man has died.
The risk of accident on the beach has been reported on in the media lately. Just yesterday, Sveinn Rúnar warned that a safety watch was needed on the beach, which is notorious for its dangerous waves. Reynisfjara beach has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
A woman from the US died on the beach in May of 2007 when swept out by a wave. In January of 2013, a guide came to a woman’s rescue where she lay disoriented on the beach, about to be submerged by the water.
Two years ago, a wave swept a man out to sea, but he escaped unharmed.