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Lost Tourist Found by Glacier after Hours of Searching

By Iceland Review

A Belgian tourist who had called for assistance early yesterday morning after becoming disoriented in rainy and foggy conditions near Eyjafjallajökull glacier in south Iceland was found by the river Steinholtsá north of the glacier in the evening.

The tourist got lost after a ten-hour hike in the region. Upon discovery he was fatigued after spending more than 24 hours on and around the glacier, mbl.is.


A view over Eyjafjallajökull.

He called for assistance early yesterday morning and an ICE-SAR search and rescue team sent 70 volunteers and a helicopter from the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) to look for him.

Moments before calling for assistance, a telephone tower detected the man’s mobile signal near the Thórólfsfell mountain.

Around 4 pm, after hours of waiting to be found, he left his backpack and walked a distance of roughly ten to 12 kilometers to keep warm; he had brought food supplies for the hike.

He was found between 7 and 8 pm last night and was in relatively good health apart from a foot injury.

Kristinn Ólafsson, managing director of the ICG, told Morgunbladid yesterday was a busy day for the ICG and ICE-SAR in the south and southwestern corner of Iceland.


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