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Hunter Stuck in Sand Rescued

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

Icelandic coast guard
Photo: Coast guard helicopter.

The South Iceland police was called out around 10.00pm yesterday to aid a hunter in his twenties who had gotten his leg stuck in sand in Sandvatn lake on Haukadalsheiði south of Langjökull glacier, RÚV reports. The man was trapped in the sand for several hours, but Search and Rescue volunteers and medical professionals freed him from the sand around 3.00am and he was taken by helicopter to the National University Hospital of Iceland’s emergency room.

The goose hunter managed to alert emergency services of his whereabouts by phone. Chief superintendent Sveinn Rúnar Kristjánsson of the South Iceland police force told Vísir that the hunter had gotten one of his legs stuck in sand out in the lake, about 20m (65f) from the bank. He had water up to his waist and was chilled to the bone. Around 30 search and rescue volunteers assisted with the rescue efforts and it was SAR-squad Ingunn from Laugarvatn that was first on the scene. According to the South Iceland Police, it took a while to locate the man and approaching him proved difficult, with SAR volunteers on boats and jet skis. It wasn’t until three hours after the distress call that he was freed from the sand. Precautions had to be taken during the rescue efforts due to problems with blood flow stemming from being stuck in the sand for so long.

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