By Freyja A.
Seventy-seven year old grandma, Judith Streng, nearly drifted out to sea while posing on an “Iceberg throne”. The Iceberg queen, as she is now called, prompted a boat captain from Florida to come rescue her.
While touristing in Iceland, on Diamond Beach in Jökulsárlón, Streng saw the iceberg and knew what she wanted to do.
However, she soon noticed that something was wrong. “When I got on it, it started to totter and a wave was coming in,” she claimed. “A very large wave came in and kind of made the throne kind of rock, and I could tell I was slipping off.”
As the Iceberg Queen drifted out to sea, a Florida man boating nearby saw the whole ordeal. Her rescuer’s name is Randy Lacount, according to Streng.
Streng was traveling with her son Rod Streng and a guide, so she felt relatively safe. Additionally, she had seen many tourists sit on the throne before, so she didn’t hesitate to pose and take photos on the icy chair. “I thought it was safe. One girl had been on it and then two girls at the same time, and it was very secure with them. But I don’t weigh very much. So it was a little easier to float off with me, I guess.” she stated.
Despite the lightheartedness of it all, this could easily have been a fatal incident. Had the Florida boat captain not been on the scene, Streng would have drifted out into the treacherous waters of the North Atlantic.
Streng would have found herself in freezing temperatures, with no food. Not to mention the risk of sharks or other ocean predators. She likely would have gotten hypothermia and frozen to death quickly within an hour in the water.
The 77 year old was still quite cheerful about the whole experience, and she added that she has no regrets. “I thought it [would] be quite fun. You know I always wanted to be queen. I mean, come on, that was my chance.”