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Man Falls Five Meters in Þingvellir National Park

A man fell off a natural stone bridge across the river Öxará in Þingvellir National Park by the Drekkingarhylur pool yesterday. He slipped and fell four to five meters, landing on rocks. He suffered back injuries but was already discharged from hospital in the evening.


Öxarárfoss, the waterfall in Öxará. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Search and rescue squads and an ambulance crew from Selfoss and surrounding districts were called out and found the man lying on his back on top of rocks in the river underneath the bridge. He was cold and had pains in his back and wrist, ICE-SAR reports.

The man was hoisted up to the bridge by which an ambulance was waiting. A Coast Guard helicopter and search and rescue squads from the capital region were also called out but they could return once the man was in the ambulance.

An emergency vehicle from the Reykjavík Metropolitan Fire Department continued to the scene of the accident and took the injured to hospital in Reykjavík.

A physician on duty at the ER of the Landspítali national hospital in Fossvogur told Morgunblaðið that the man’s condition was all right given the circumstances and that he was lucky that his injuries weren’t more serious.


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