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Misunderstanding caused search for kayakers

The foreign tourists who planned to be the first to cross Faxaflói Bay on kayaks are alive and well. About 200 emergency service members and teams from the Coast Guard had been looking for the “missing” kayakers due to a misunderstanding.

“We had no idea we were being looked for and thought the communication had been fine,” one of the kayakers, Greg Stamer, told Morgunbladid.

When Stamer and his traveling companion, Freya Hoffmeister, failed to show up at a pre-decided landing spot on Snaefellsnes peninsula, emergency services were called out. The kayakers had emailed the wrong destination to their contact.

Stamer apologized for all the trouble and promised he and Hoffmeister would provide correct information for the remainder of their journey. They plan to paddle around Iceland.

Ástthór Skúlason, a farmer in Melanes in Raudisandur in the southern Westfjords who is also a member of the emergency service Braedrabandid, spotted the two kayakers when they came to land near his farm.

Skúlason had participated in the search, but when he found the kayakers his shift had been over. “But somehow I couldn’t go to sleep before knowing how it went so I went down to the beach too,” the farmer said.

“I spotted them where they arrived on land and began putting up a tent. Then we [Skúlason and fellow emergency service members] approached them to make sure they were the right people, and so they were,” Skúlason said.

Click here to read yesterday’s story about the “missing” kayakers.

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