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Helicopter Picks up Lost Tourist on Glacier

The helicopter crew of the Icelandic Coast Guard and specialized search and rescuers of ICE-SAR came to the aid of an Australian tourist who transmitted emergency signals from the eastern Skeiðarárjökull, a sub-glacier of Vatnajökull in southeast Iceland, yesterday.


A Coast Guard helicopter. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The tourist was taken to hospital in Reykjavík, although his condition was not considered to be serious, Morgunblaðið reports.

The tourist decided to activate his emergency transmitter upon realizing that he had become lost on the glacier. A statement from ICE-SAR reads that the man reacted correctly when requesting assistance from emergency services.

The British hiker who suffered several bone fractures when falling five to six meters down a gorge near the waterfall Seljalandsfoss in south Iceland is recovering.

She will be discharged from the Landspítali national hospital in Reykjavík shortly and transported to a hospital in her home country.

Click here to read about another recent hiking accident.


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