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Tourist Rescued after Glacier Hiking Accident

The search and rescue teams of ICE-SAR were called out in the early afternoon yesterday to assist an injured Swiss tourist in Hveradalir in the Kverkfjöll mountains on Vatnajökull glacier in southeast Iceland.


Vatnajökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

He was there with two of his countrymen. They were looking at ice caves when pieces of ice fell on the man’s leg and his traveling companions believed both his legs were broken, a statement from ICE-SAR reads.

It takes search and rescue teams six to eight hours to get to the location and, as the Coast Guard’s helicopter was not available, a helicopter from the company Nordurflug was sent to the scene. It landed near the site of the accident shortly after 5 pm.

Search and rescue workers had to travel from the cabin Sigurdarskáli in Kverkfjöll to the site of the accident from where they carried the injured tourist about five hundred meters across rough terrain and up a steep and narrow path.

The rescue mission was successful and the injured man was taken to a hospital. The search and rescue workers had to walk down the glacier and were expected to return home early in the night.

The operation was organized in cooperation between search and rescue teams, rangers in the area, police officers and other emergency teams and the circumstances in the area were good.


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