Yesterday, 80 years had passed since the volunteer Life-Saving Association of Iceland (Slysavarnafélag Íslands) was founded, which marks the beginning of organized search and rescue operations in Iceland.
The anniversary was celebrated at Reykjavík Art Museum.
President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson addressed the assembly and Minister of Justice Björn Bjarnason donated ISK 2 million (USD 31,000, EUR 21,000) to the association on the occasion, Fréttabladid reports.
Ólafur Proppé, former chairman of Landsbjörg emergency services (ICE-SAR), and Gunnar Tómasson, former president of the Life-Saving Association, were both honored for their work. The two associations were merged under the name of Landsbjörg in 1999.