The woman who was swept out to sea by a wave on Kirkjufjara beach, South Iceland, yesterday, has died, RÚV reports. She was a German tourist in her forties. Her husband and two children, who were traveling with her, also landed in the ocean, but were able to reach shore on their own without injury.
The woman was found on the shore, a short distance from where she disappeared, more than an hour after the wave swept her out. She was transported by helicopter to Landspítali National University Hospital.
Barricade tape was put up yesterday afternoon to prevent access to Kirkjufjara beach and nearby beaches. Rescue workers stood guard there until dark.
Kirkjufjara beach is east of Dyrhólaey and adjacent to Reynisfjara beach. Both beaches are popular tourist destinations, notorious for the danger presented by sneaker waves. In August of 2015, three men narrowly escaped after being caught by a wave on Kirkjufjara beach, according to RÚV. In 2007, an American woman drowned at the same location. In February of last year, a Chinese man drowned after being swept out to sea on Reynisfjara beach.