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Man Crawled for an Hour with Open Bone Fracture

A man in his 50s crawled for help with an open bone fracture for an hour after he overturned his snowmobile near Landmannahellir in the southern highlands. Members of the search and rescue service in Hella were in the vicinity by coincidence.

“He belonged to a group that was staying in a different cabin,” Svanur Saevar Lárusson told Fréttabladid, head of Hella search and rescue service, which had been on a trip to Landmannahellir.

“He was driving late at night and overturned the snowmobile. It fell on top of him and he suffered a serious bone fracture. He reached the cabins after having crawled for an hour or so. We had our most skilled people with us who provided him with first aid,” Lárusson added.

A Coast Guard helicopter was called out, but because of windy conditions it couldn’t land at Landmannahellir. The man had to be driven with a specially equipped emergency vehicle to a different location where the helicopter could land.

Then the man was airlifted to Reykjavík where he underwent surgery. The helicopter had arrived at the scene at 2 am, but didn’t head back to Reykjavík until 7 am.

Lárusson said the man’s leg had been broken in at least two places. He was exhausted after having crawled for such a long time in his condition but is now stable.

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