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Fishermen Rescued off Reykjavík

Two fishermen, Magnús Árni Gunnlaugsson and Ingibergur G. Thorvaldsson, were narrowly rescued when their boat Aníta Líf sank northwest of the island Akurey off Reykjavík en route to Akranes on Saturday afternoon.

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The Reykjavík marina. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“It happened unbelievably quickly. The boat’s movements were different from what I was used to and when I looked back the stern had sunk half-way,” Gunnlaugsson described to Morgunbladid.

“I immediately went on the radio and made an emergency call and then jumped down into the forecastle to grab the life suits. When I came back up I heard they were asking me to repeat the emergency call but there was no time,” he continued.

He and his partner didn’t even have time to put on the suits. “I had put on the legs but Ingibergur had just managed to take his shoes off when the boat overturned and did a complete 360-degree circle. When we shot back up I shouted to my partner to grab hold of a fish tub which he did.”

“I managed to put on the suit but then had to use all my strength to keep Ingibergur afloat; he was scared and his body temperature dropped fast,” Gunnlaugsson said.

They finally managed to put his suit on but by then he had lost consciousness, eight minutes after he fell overboard.

“We were in the cold ocean for twenty minutes and that time passed slowly. But I always knew we would be saved because I had sent an emergency call. The shock came in the emergency room,” Gunnlaugsson concluded.

Thorvaldsson suffered hypothermia and was admitted to the ICU but his condition is no longer critical.

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