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Another serious accident in Silfra: Traveller in his 60s lost consciousness while snorkeling

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  • Diving in Silfra Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park is a popular destionation among divers, drawing 50,000 visitors each year. Photo/GVA

A foreign traveller was rescued after he lost consciousness while snorkeling in Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park. The man, who is described as a male in his sixties, was taken by helicopter to the emergency room at the National University Hospital in Reykjavík.

Police in South Iceland received a call at 15:59 that a traveller had lost consciousness in Silfra fissure. Guides and other guests at the scene had been able to get the man to land. The Coast Guard sent a helicopter to the scene to take the man to hospital where he is being cared for. The National University Hospital does not offer information about the condition of patients. The man is travelling as a part of organized group with other family members.

Read more: Traveller who died snorkeling in Silfra was an American man in his 60s, cause of death was drowning

A month ago an American traveller, a man in his sixties, drowned while snorkeling in Silfra. Four fatal accidents have taken place at the fissure since 2010, and six serious accidents. Todays accident accident brings the number of serious accidents to seven. Park rangers have called for stricter rules to be imposed, and at least one of the companies offering diving tours at the fissure have imposed stricter rules after the incidence.

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