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Sheriff flown to meeting

Kristín Völmundardóttir, sheriff of Ísafjördur in Iceland’s Westfjords, couldn’t drive to a meeting in neighboring town Patreksfjördur, so the Coast Guard’s helicopter gave her a lift.

The usual road between the two towns over Hrafnseyrarheidi heath, which is about 170 km long, was closed due to dangerous road conditions, so Völmundardóttir would have had to go another way and drive 600 km to get to the meeting. Fréttabladid reports.

Coincidentally, the Coast Guard’s helicopter was on its way from Ísafjördur to Patreksfjördur at the same time, so the sheriff was given a lift.

Völmundardóttir told Fréttabladid that the fact that this journey only took 27 minutes by helicopter brought “tears to her eyes.”

After the meeting, Völmundardóttir flew with the helicopter to Reykjavík and flew with an airplane from there back to Ísafjördur.

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