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German Mountaineer Found Alive in Eyjafjallajökull

The search for a lost tourist in Eyjafjallajökull came to a happy ending on Friday morning. A search and rescue team 150 people strong set out in very difficult conditions on Thursday afternoon, after the man had been lost for 24 hours.


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Low visibility in the Eyjafjallajökull area last spring. Photo: Bjarni Brynjólfsson/Iceland Review

A group of three mountaineers had set out from a hut on Fimmvörduháls on Wednesday to climb the glacier, all the way to the new crater. After losing track of their partner, two went back to the hut. One stayed behind but the other went down again to fetch help.

The man, a German mountaineer, was found close to the top of the volcano. Website mbl.is spoke to Baldur Óskarsson from the rescue team and according to him the man was in unbelievably good condition. “We could pinpoint his cell phone location, and the man was found 183 meters from the position we had calculated. The weather up on the mountain was very bad, a snowstorm and visibility limited. So we were unbelievably lucky“

The man was put on a snowmobile and should be down between 9 and 10 AM. He will then be examined by a doctor.

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