Search and rescue squads on behalf of ICE-SAR were called out last weekend to a man who was injured in a ski-doo accident on Mt. Esja outside Reykjavík and a tourist whose tent had blown away in a storm by the waterfall Glymur in Hvalfjörður, west Iceland.
A glacier tour. The photo is not related to the story. By Páll Stefánsson.
The camper, a foreign woman in her thirties, called the emergency hotline 112 around midnight last night. Conditions had become stormy and she was concerned about her safety. Eventually her tent and equipment were blown away, a press release describes.
About ten members of the search and rescue team in Akranes came to the woman’s assistance. They were quick to find her because she had provided a detailed description of her location and expected to drive back to inhabited areas around 3:30 am.
The ski-doo accident was reported at 1:40 pm yesterday. The man had been riding with his friends when he fell off his ski-doo and hit his head. He complained about pain in his head, neck and back.
Approximately 20 ICE-SAR members responded to the call, eight of whom were on ski-doos and were assisted by the helicopter crew of the Icelandic Coast Guard, who were also called to the scene.
The injured was taken to Landspítali national hospital in Reykjavík. The extent of his injuries was not clear at the time of the report.
The mission went well as weather conditions were optimal.