Search and rescue squads in West Iceland were called out yesterday to assist a man who had fallen five to six meters into a fissure in the summer house region Fjárhústunga near the waterfall Barnafoss in Borgarfjörður.
Borgarfjörður. Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
The man was by himself when the accident occurred and had probably been lying in the fissure for two hours when a group of walkers happened upon him. The man was conscious but unable to move due to back pain, as explained in an ICE-SAR press release.
Emergency services were notified at 5:10 pm and the first squad arrived approximately 30 minutes later. Specialized mountain rescue workers and paramedics were called to the scene. By 6 pm the man was on his way to Reykjavík by ambulance.