Lately, we seem to hear more and more stories of people putting their lives at risk to get the perfect vacation photo.
In fact, a grandmother from Texas was almost lost at sea while playing “Ice Queen” during her vacation in Iceland.
Judith Streng, 77, was visiting the country’s black sand Diamond Beach in Jökulsárlón with her son, Rod, when a throne-shaped iceberg caught her eye.
“It was shaped like an easy place to sit,” Judith told ABC News. “You can tell by looking at the shape of it, and I thought well it looks like fun.”
That’s when an incoming wave knocked the icy chair loose, and carried Judith into the ocean.
Incredibly, Rod was calm enough to keep snapping photos of his mom, even after she found herself in serious trouble.
“Lost her kingdom when she drifted out to see [sic]!” he captioned the photos. “No joke. A coast guard rescuer had to save her and bring her back to shore!”
In fact, another tourist from America, Florida boat captain Randy Lacount, was at the beach and swam out to pull Judith back to shore.
Judith said she had seen other tourists posing on the ice throne, so she didn’t expect it to carry her off the beach. A tour guide had even given her the go-ahead to pose on the ice.
“One girl had been on it and then two girls at the same time, and it was very secure with them,” she said. “But I don’t weigh very much. So it was a little easier to float off with me, I guess.”
When Judith’s granddaughter, Catherine, shared photos of her adventure on social media, people couldn’t stop sharing the hilarious mishap.
In spite of all the excitement, the “iceberg queen” says she has no regrets about her trip into the lagoon.
“I thought it [would] be quite fun,” she said. “You know I always wanted to be queen. I mean, come on, that was my chance.”
[H/T: ABC News]
Have you ever gotten in trouble taking a souvenir photo?