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Man Nearly Drowned in Rafting Accident in Iceland

The Icelandic Maritime Association is currently investigating the reaction to a recent accident, which occurred during river rafting in Austari-Jökulsá in Skagafjördur, north Iceland, when a man in his forties fell into the water and almost drowned.

River rafting in Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The man was in a raft with a group of people, which overturned on its way down the river. The man tried to swim ashore, but became exhausted and floated down the river until his traveling companions managed to drag him back on board the raft. At that time, the man had almost lost consciousness, but his traveling companions managed to wake him up, reports.

The Maritime Association is investigating the reaction of the employees of the company which organized the river rafting. The cell phone that they had was powerless so assistance couldn’t be called, and there were no blankets in the bus to warm the man, who was cold after falling into the river.

Thórhildur Elín Elínardóttir, the Maritime Association’s information officer, said the company will be made to consider this incident as serious.

The company’s work methods are being investigated in cooperation with the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health and its operational permit will not be renewed until the investigation is completed, Elínardóttir said.

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