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Body of Missing Tourist Found on Glacier

Search and rescue workers found the body of the tourist who had been missing since Wednesday evening on Sólheimajökull, a glacial tongue of Mýrdalsjökull, south Iceland, at an altitude of approximately 600 meters shortly before noon today.

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At Sólheimajökull on Thursday night. Photos by Gudbrandur Örn Arnarsson. Courtesy of ICE-SAR.

More than 300 volunteers participated in the search this morning, of whom 80 were searching on the glacier itself. The search in the past few days has been extensive with approximately 500 ICE-SAR members participating. The search conditions were very demanding at times, a press release describes.

Residents and companies in the region have been of great assistance to the volunteers with three women’s associations, Fjallkonan, Eygló and Freyja, providing search and rescuers with facilities at Skógar where they could rest and have something to eat, 24/7.

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At Sólheimajökull on Thursday night. Photos by Gudbrandur Örn Arnarsson. Courtesy of ICE-SAR.

The women’s associations said they wanted to repay the favor to ICE-SAR’s members, who provided inhabitants in the region with invaluable support during the volcanic eruptions of 2010 and 2011.

Local hotels and guesthouses opened their doors to the volunteers, companies donated food and the Red Cross in Hvolsvöllur transported food to the control center. ICE-SAR would like to thank everyone who were involved for their support.

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