By Cailey Rizzo
Updated: March 05, 2019
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A vacationer in Iceland was rescued after she drifted out to sea while posing for a photo on an iceberg throne.

Judith Streng was on vacation in Iceland last week when she spotted a throne made out of ice at Diamond Beach in Jökulsárlón. “It was shaped like an easy place to sit,” she said in an interview with ABC News. Streng climbed onto the throne and posed for pictures in the glacial landscape.

Her son, Rod Streng, stood back on the land and took pictures. But then a wave came and knocked Streng’s throne off the land and into the sea. She floated away, while her son continued to take pictures. A nearby boat captain saw the incident unfurl and rescued Streng from the sea.

"I thought it was safe," Streng told ABC. "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."

But Streng wasn’t all that shaken by the incident and was quickly joking about her brush with royalty and danger, saying “You know I always wanted to be queen.”

Her granddaughter posted the photos to Twitter, writing, “My grandmother almost got lost at sea in Iceland today.”

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon has signs posted warning visitors against climbing on the ice. In 2016, police issued a warning against the practice, saying that the ice can easily break apart and float off, even when it “looks safe to walk on.”

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