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Kayaker Rescued off Westman Islands

A kayaker capsized his boat at Stórhöfdi Bay in the Westman Islands yesterday, ruv.is reports. The man escaped unharmed and was rescued by three youngsters on a raft close by.

Kayaking in the West Fjords. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Last night at dinner time, the Westman Islands search and rescue team along with the police were summoned to rescue a kayaker who had capsized his boat north of Stórhöfdi. People standing on a panoramic platform had noticed the man.

Three youngsters in a small raft heard the man’s cries for help. They pulled him aboard and rowed to shore. The kayaker, Hafthór Vidarsson, was unharmed but in a state of shock.

Vidarsson was in a cave called Fjós when the accident occurred. He therefore had to swim a few hundred meters before reaching people’s attention and getting help.

Hafthór says that the conditions for kayaking were optimal in last night’s nice weather. On the other hand, he was caught off guard by the undertow in the cave, and that was the reason the boat keeled over.

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