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Busy Weekend for Search and Rescue in Iceland

Search and rescue workers were busy last weekend. On Friday, approximately 150 people were on the alert due to the landing of a damaged Icelandair plane at Keflavík International Airport, as stated in an ICE-SAR press release.


Emergency vehicles on the alert due to the landing of the damaged plane. Courtesy of ICE-SAR.

The same evening, search and rescue squads in south Iceland were called out because the engine of a trawler had gone dead south of Skarðsfjara. Ten persons were onboard and the mission was successful.

In west Iceland, search and rescue squads had to tend to a similar case in the early hours of Sunday when the engine of a shrimp fishing ship failed approximately five nautical miles north of Rif. The ship was brought safely to the harbor.

In the West Fjords search and rescue teams were called out on Saturday to search for a woman, a German resident of Iceland, who called for assistance.

The connection was lost before information on her condition could be obtained. She was later found unharmed near the beach Rauðisandur.

On Saturday night, search and rescue teams in east Iceland were called out to look for travelers at Vatnsskarð below Stóruurð, who had been reported missing. They were found safe and sound in their tent and so the volunteers returned home at 4 am.

In the West Fjords a man fell while collecting eggs in bird cliffs on Sunday afternoon, fracturing his pelvis. A search and rescue vessel was called to the scene.

Also, search and rescuers were on the alert, ready to assist firefighters, because of the fire in Seyðisfjörður on Sunday.

Click here to read more about that story, here to read more about the man who fell in the bird cliff and here to read more about the Icelandair plane, the landing of which was broadcast live on national television channel RÚV.


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