Couple dies after husband jumped into frigid lake in Iceland to save drowning wife -

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Couple dies after husband jumped into frigid lake in Iceland to save drowning wife

Janet Veit and her husband, Brian Schumacher, both 48, from La Crescent, Minnesota, died on a fishing trip to Iceland on may 20, 2018. (Facebook)
It was supposed to be the fly-fishing adventure of a lifetime but it ended in tragedy for a Minnesota husband and wife.
Brian Schumacher and Janet Veit lost their lives in Iceland on Sunday when one spouse somehow fell into the frigid water of a famous trout fishing lake and the other jumped in to attempt a rescue.
"We have received conflicting reports, but the embassy representative reported that Janet fell into the water while fishing. She was in distress, and Brian entered the water to assist her," Veit's sister Patrice Veit said in a Facebook post Monday.
"The water was very cold. Both of them were pulled from the water but could not be resuscitated," she wrote.
The accident took place at Villingavatnsós, the estuary of Villingavatnsá river which empties into Pingvallavatn Lake, about 35 miles outside Reykjavik, according to Iceland Magazine.
The spouses, both 48, were avid outdoor enthusiasts with years of experience, but the water temperature at Pingvallavatn Lake is notoriously punishing this time of year, in the range of 35 to 40 deg F.
Patrice Veit said her family was dealing with "tremendous sadness" in the aftermath of the "terrible accident."
"In a world of wonderful people, Janet and Brian were pretty near the top. They loved their families, their friends, their colleagues, their dogs and cats, and most importantly, each other," she said on Facebook.
"Please keep them in your hearts today and in the future. Be kind to those you meet, as they would," she said.
Veit was a veterinarian at Hillside Animal Hospital in La Crosse, Wisc., while Schumacher was a guide with the Driftless Fly Fishing Company in Preston, Minn., according to their Facebook profiles.
"Brian was an amazing guy," Mel Hayner, the owner of Driftless, told the Daily News on Tuesday. "Everybody who fished with him came back. They loved him and thought he was the greatest ever. Everyone gave him five star reviews. He was a tremendous human. He didn't need the money, he just loved sharing fly fishing with people from all over the world."
Hayner said the couple had been planning the trip to Iceland for a year.
"They were so excited about it. They were buying new equipment. It's a rugged place with huge trout there," he said.
"When I heard that one of them jumped in for the other one, I thought of, 'Of course they did.' There was such a bond between them," he said.

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