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Traveller who died snorkeling in Silfra: American male, born in 1951, cause of death heart attack

By Staff

  • Silfra closed The fissure was closed after Friday's accident. The fissure was re-opened to visitors on Monday, after new stricter rules had been put into place. Photo/Jóhann K.

The man who died while snorkeling in Silfra fissure in the Þingvellir National Park on Friday March 10 was an American citizen born in 1951. According to an announcement from the Police in South Iceland the cause of death was a heart attack the man suffered while snorkeling. There are no signs of drowning.

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The man was swimming in the fissure with other members of his group and a guide when he called for assistance as he was having trouble breathing. He lost consciousness shortly after the guide had reached him.

Attempts to resuscitate the man began immediately after he had been pulled to dry land, and continued while he was being airlifted by helicopter to the National University Hospital in Reykjavík. He was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived at the hospital. This was the fifth fatal accident at the fissure since 2010.

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