Grandma goes viral after posing on iceberg and drifting away: 'I thought it was safe'

Sara M Moniuszko

Talk about a vacation photo gone wrong.

Judith Streng went viral after her granddaughter posted a photo of her posing on a throne-shaped iceberg that started floating away from shore while Streng was on it.

Streng explained the viral snapshot in an interview with ABC News. She was rescued by a boat captain who was nearby when she began drifting, the outlet reports. 

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

Streng added that she thought iceberg was a safe place to pose because she saw other people taking similar photos.

"I thought it was safe," she said. "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."

On Feb. 25, Streng's granddaughter first shared the pictures, writing on Twitter: "My grandmother almost got lost at sea in Iceland today." The posthas garnered more than 72,000 retweets and 178,000 likes.

"No joke," she added in the tweet. "A coast guard rescuer had to save her and bring her back to shore."

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