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Two Diggers Fall into Lake

Construction of a barrier to protect the bridge over Jökulsá á Fjöllum

This is a much bigger digger than the one involved. For illustration purposes only. Photo: Zoë Robert.

So far during the filming of the action move Fast Eight in Iceland, two diggers have fallen into Lake Mývatn, North Iceland.

No pollution escaped from the latest heavy vehicle into the lake; and both accidents happened while the diggers were clearing tracks in the ice and snow for the fast sports car chases which are the stars of the film.

The second accident took place yesterday and Environment Agency sources confirmed with RÚV that no oil leaked from the digger when it fell through the ice and into the water. Crews responded to the incident by staying off the ice whenever possible.

An Environment Agency representative is on site during all filming. The agency’s Davíð Örvar Hansson says: “It took less than two hours to get the machine out; it only partially submerged. The reason it took two ours is that people were extremely careful in ensuring the situation didn’t get any worse. So it was fairly minor, but shows us how careful people need to be in this area.”

On Easter Sunday another digger fell into Mývatn, releasing a small amount of oil, which was cleaned up from the surface of the ice and from the surrounding water. Measurements taken the next day did not reveal the presence of any oil in the water.

Davíð says the Fast Eight film crew seem to be extremely aware of how sensitive and environment Mývatn is. “They have really tried to minimize all damage and these incidents have shown that they have good contingency plans in place, which is to their credit.”

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