Saturday 26 September 2015

ICELAND; Israeli Tourist Falls to His Death from Iceland Glacier

An Israeli tourist was killed Sunday after falling from a cliff at Svinafellsjokull glacier in Iceland, the Times of Israel reported. The unidentified 65-year-old man was seriously wounded from the fall and later succumbed to his injuries. It's unclear what led to the fall.

The Foreign Ministry only reported the man was on a trip with others to look at glaciers when the incident occurred near the town of Selfoss in southern Iceland. In a statement issued Monday, the Ministry said the victim's family has been notified and confirmed that the Israeli embassy in Norway is working to transport the man's body back to Israel for burial.

This glacier is a popular tourist attraction, with tours available for visitors. The Svinafellsjokull Glacier Adventure is rated as one of the country's top activities on TripAdvisor, receiving a Certificate of Excellence.

The tragedy comes one day after authorities in the U.S. launched a search for a woman who went over Niagara Falls in an apparent suicide attempt. Last week, a Japanese tourist was killed while attempting a selfie at India's Taj Mahal.

The elderly man was with three others when he slipped down a staircase and lost consciousness. Earlier this month, a 24-year-old Australian tourist fell to her death from Norway's Trolltunga attraction. In wake of recent tragedies, travelers should be reminded to remain alert and exercise caution when traversing unfamiliar areas.

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