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Man Makes Heroic Rescue in Highland River

Ásmundur Thór Kristmundsson, a 20-year-old ICE-SAR search and rescue team member, risked his own life yesterday when he waded into the Krossá river in the highland resort of Thórsmörk to save two tourists who were trapped in a small car in the middle of the river.

Kristmundsson fastened himself to a rope which he tied to a car on the riverbank and waded into the river. He grabbed hold of the man in the driver’s seat and carried him to the riverbank, fell below the river’s surface and was about to drown when other tourists on the riverbank pulled the rope and helped them ashore, Fréttabladid reports.

Shivering from the cold, Kristmundsson waded back into the river to rescue the woman who was in the car’s passenger seat. Once they had been dragged back to the riverbank, he managed to throw the woman ashore before he fell into the river, unable to move until he was dragged to land half-unconscious.

“It was a ridiculous experience,” Kristmundsson said. “I’m still trying to realize what happened. My girlfriend and I were walking towards Húsadalur when we met tourists who were screaming and running towards Krossá.”

“We weren’t sure what had happened so we just followed the people to the river. There we saw a small Suzuki floating in the river and it drifted for approximately 100 meters before it got stuck.”

“I stood there on the riverbank in a shirt marked Landsbjörg [ICE-SAR] and figured I had to help them. So I tied a rope around myself, fastened it to a car that was there and waded into the river,” Kristmundsson said.

He and the tourists he rescued, who were from France, had recovered by last night. Kristmundsson said the two Frenchmen were still in shock but grateful for the rescue.

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