A 77-year-old grandmother who “always wanted to be queen” had to be rescued after taking a seat on an “ice throne” which drifted out to sea with her on it. Judith Streng was traveling with her son and decided to pose for a photo on the ice chunk. Just moments later, a large wave carried her from shore.
Streng, who hails from Flower Mound, Texas, was visiting Jökulsárlón Lagoon in Iceland with her son when they spotted a chunk of ice that resembled a throne on the beach. She decided to hop up on the chunk of ice to pose for a picture.
Just moments after she smiled for the camera, allowing her son to capture the moment, the ice chunk was picked up by a large wave, causing Streng to be carried out to sea.
“It was shaped like an easy place to sit… I thought that looks like fun,” said Streng during an interview, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
“When I got on it started to totter, and a wave was coming in, a very large wave came in and made the throne kind of rock, and I could tell I was slipping off,” she continued.
“I thought it was safe. I don’t weigh very much, so it was a little easier to float off I guess,” Streng added.
“I’ve always wanted to be queen… that was my chance.”
A bystander who witnessed the incident happened to be a boat captain who was also trained in water rescue and assisted with bringing Streng back to the shore.
Streng’s son sent pictures from the incident to his 24-year-old daughter. She later shared them on Twitter, where they quickly went viral.
During the Twitter story, Streng’s granddaughter said, “My grandmother almost got lost at sea in Iceland today lmaoooo.”