Search and rescue located a man who requested help via text message at 1:15 am last night near Svínafellsjökull, an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull in South Iceland. The man was on the mountain Hafrafell at an altitude of 900 meters (2,950 ft).
A search and rescue team. Archive photo: Bjarni Brynjólfsson/Iceland Review.
The man was cold and exhausted when search and rescue found him. He was given dry clothing and something to eat, as stated in a press release from ICE-SAR.
It was assumed that it would take some time to walk the man down the mountain given his condition. They had to walk four km (2.5 miles) across rough terrain in darkness and pouring rain before reaching a vehicle.
A decision had yet to be made as to whether the man required medical attention.
Up to 100 volunteers participated in the search operations. A Coast Guard helicopter was also called out. Conditions were foggy and rainy and the visibility was poor.
The initial information was misleading; at first search and rescue were under the impression that the man was on the glacier itself.