A woman who went to see the volcanic eruption in south Iceland on Sunday evening with two other tourists was found dead today in the afternoon. Another woman was found alive earlier today but the man they were traveling with is still missing.
The three tourists were reported missing yesterday evening. The man, who was driving, had contacted emergency services around 2 am on Sunday night and said he was lost, mbl.is reports.
Police and emergency crews launched a search, but in vain. They were in telephone contact with the man the entire night, who said he could see the eruption but was otherwise at a loss for where they were located. His SUV was stuck.
Around 6:30 am yesterday morning the man reported that he had managed to free the car and found a trail. He wouldn’t accept any further assistance. When the people didn’t return home yesterday their relatives contacted the police again and a new search was launched.
Around 120 emergency team members from south Iceland and the capital region are participating in the search on cars, ski-doos, by foot and with the help of dogs. A Coast Guard helicopter was also involved in the search at one point.
First one of the women was found alive. She was cold and exhausted but is now recovering. Then the car was found empty and shortly afterwards the body of the other woman was discovered not far from the vehicle.
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