Tour company Reykjavík Excursions Kynnisferðir have donated ISK 300,000 (USD 2,450, EUR 1,900) to search and rescue teams in Skaftártunga, South Iceland, to show their appreciation for the extensive search, which later turned out to be unnecessary, of a woman at Eldgjá two weeks ago, mbl.is reports.
Ófærufoss Waterfall in Eldgjá. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“Human error led to the extensive search for the woman who was a passenger in a Kynnisferðir bus at Eldgjá on August 26,” a statement from the company reads.
The search was called off when it was discovered that the woman was not lost. It turned out that the woman had changed clothes and the driver did not recognize her when she got back on the bus.
A total of 50 people participated in the search. Search and rescue teams from other nearby areas were also called out to assist.