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This grandma floated out to sea on an iceberg while on vacation

Move over, Elsa. We have a new favorite ice queen.


Elizabeth VanMetre

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 2, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 5:55 pm CDT

A grandma may have taken her quest to get the perfect vacation photo a little too far—all the way out to sea, in fact. 

77-year-old Texas resident Judith Streng decided to try her hand at being queen and posed atop a throne-shaped iceberg during a recent trip to Iceland.

Her son was able to snap a nice picture during their outing to Diamond Beach, Jokulsarlon, but moments later a wave picked up the iceberg and Streng set sail.

“When I got on it, it started to totter and a wave was coming in,” she told ABC News during an interview. “A very large wave came in and kind of made the throne kind of rock, and I could tell that I was slipping off.”

The dramatic moment from the trip all caught in a text conversation between Streng’s son and her granddaughter, Christine.

“Lost her kingdom when she drifted out to see! [sic]” Christine’s father sent her in a text.

“No joke. A coast guard rescuer had to save her and bring her back to shore!”

Christine posted the exchange to Twitter on Monday; by Saturday morning, the tweet had 171,340 likes and 68,945 retweets.

“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.”

Thankfully a boat captain, Randy Lacount, was allegedly close by and was able to bring her back to shore before the story turned tragic.

“You know I always wanted to be queen,” she said. “I mean, come on, that was my chance.”

H/T ABC News


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*First Published: Mar 2, 2019, 11:21 am CST