ND native, husband living in Minnesota die during fishing accident in Iceland
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND — A North Dakota native and her husband have died in a fishing accident while on vacation in Iceland.
Janet Veit grew up in Richland County and was a graduate of Wyndmere (N.D.) High School.
She and her husband, Brian Schumacher, were living in La Crescent, Minn., where she worked nearby in LaCrosse, Wis., as a veterinarian.
Janet's sister, Patrice Veit of River Falls, Wis., confirmed their deaths on Facebook.
There were conflicting accounts about what happened.
The U.S. Embassy in Iceland told the family that Veit fell out of a boat while fishing on a lake, and her husband, jumped in to save her.
However, Patrice Veit told Minnesota Public Radio that Veit tried to save Schumacher when he apparently fell into deep water. They were then both swept into the frigid lake just east of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.
A report on the Iceland Monitor says the two tourists were pulled from the water on Sunday, May 20, but could not be resuscitated.
The website says they were fishing on the south end of Lake Þingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake.
According to the Iceland Monitor, people are often unaware of how dangerous it can be due to the changeable weather and extremely cold water.