A grandmother had to be rescued when the iceberg she was posing for a picture on was swept out to sea

Judith Streng, left, was swept out to sea while posing on a beached iceberg in Iceland this week. On the right is a picture of Diamond Beach, where the incident happened.

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Judith Streng, left, was swept out to sea while posing on a beached iceberg in Iceland this week. On the right is a picture of Diamond Beach, where the incident happened.
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  • Judith Streng was walking a beach in Iceland with her son, Rod, when they came across a chaise-shaped iceberg and decided to take a picture on it.
  • The Texas grandmother was posing for a picture when a wave hit and swept the iceberg back out to sea.
  • Thankfully, a boat captain with professional water training was nearby and swam out to rescue Streng before it was too late.

A Texas grandmother’s photoshoot on a beached iceberg took a turn for the worse when she was swept out to sea by a big wave and had to be rescued.

The incident happened on Monday while Judith Streng and her son Rod were vacationing in southeastern Iceland.

The mother and son came across a chaise-shaped iceberg while walking along a beach.

After seeing others pose for pictures on the ‘berg, Streng asked permission to take a photo of her own and was given the all-clear, according to Guide to Iceland.

“It was shaped like an easy place to sit. You can tell by looking at the shape of it, and I thought well it looks like fun,” Streng told ABC News.

Her son got at least one good picture of her sitting atop her ice throne before a wave hit and began pulling her out to sea.

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

Luckily, Randy Lacount, a boat captain from Florida with professional water rescue training, saw the emergency unfold and swam out to rescue Streng from the iceberg and bring her back to shore safely, BuzzFeed News reported.

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The story gained attention on social media when Streng’s granddaughter, Catherine, posted photos of the incident to Twitter, along with her dad’s texts explaining the story.

“Iceberg queen,” he captioned the first photo.

“Lost her kingdom when she drifted out to see! [sic]” he added after sending the second picture. “No joke. A coast guard rescuer had to save her and bring her back to shore!”

Streng said she has no regrets about getting on the iceberg.

“I thought it [would] be quite fun. You know I always wanted to be queen. I mean, come on, that was my chance,” she told ABC.