From Iceland — Man Drowned In Waterfall In The Westfjords

Man Drowned In Waterfall In The Westfjords

Published May 31, 2021

Alina Maurer
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Yesterday, a middle-aged man drowned in Svuntufoss, a waterfall in the fjord of Patreksfjörður. An announcement from the Westfjords Police states that the accident happened at 12 o’clock on Sunday morning.

Dangerous currents in Svuntufoss

According to Vísir, the man was travelling with other people and had gone into the ravine under the waterfall of Svuntufoss. Unfortunately, he went into the water, fell, and got caught in a large current. People rushed to help immediately, but the man was, according to reports, already unconscious when he came back to the surface.

Locals called for help and started with resuscitation attempts, which continued until the man was transported to Landspítalinn in Reykjavík by the Coast Guard helicopter.

Further investigations by the police

Sadly, he was later pronounced dead in the hospital. The police in the Westfjords are investigating the cause of the accident and the family of the deceased has been notified. His name will not be announced yet.

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