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Police investigates death of Polish family who drowned in harbour of village in N.Iceland

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  • Hrísey Island Seen from Árskógssandur village Photo/Inga Rut Pétursdóttir

A family of three, a husband and wife and their five year old daughter drowned when their car fell into the sea in the harbor of Árskógssandur, a small fishing village in North Iceland on Friday. The people, who were Polish nationals, lived on the island of Hrísey. Police in North Iceland are investigating the cause of the accident. 

According to the local news site Vísir driving conditions at the harbor were challenging when the accident took place. The accident took place shortly after half past five on Friday afternoon, after the sun hat set. Visibility was reduced further by snowfall. The harbor was also very slippery due to ice and snow. The accident took place where the ferry to Hrísey leaves: At this particular spot there is no barrier at the edge of the harbor quay to stop cars from either driving or sliding off into the water.

Witnesses were unable to do anything but call for help. Divers arrived at the scene nearly an hour after the accident took place. The people were recovered from the car and taken to a hospital in the town of Akureyri, where they were pronounced dead.  

According to an announcement the Police in North Iceland issued yesterday the people were Polish nationals in their 30s. They had two children, a five year old daughter who also drowned in the accident, and a two year daughter who was staying with relatives in Hrísey island. Their names have not been made public.

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