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Two Brits Nearly Die in Westman Islands Snowstorm

Two British divers, Ross Lewis and Philip Grant, who have been working since January in the Westman Islands, south of Iceland, got lost in the snowstorm which raged there last weekend and almost died from hypothermia.

The divers had been out on the town on Saturday night. After having waited a long time for a taxi that never came, because the roads were impassible, they decided to walk home, about 1.5 kilometers outside of town, Morgunbladid reports.

The weather worsened quickly and Lewis and Grant lost their direction. “We would never have walked if we had suspected how bad the weather could become and would have asked to spend the night in town,” they said. “We completely lost our direction, strayed off the road in the snowstorm and had no idea where we were. Then suddenly we saw a glimmer of light and aimed for it.”

The inhabitants of Gvendarhús, Sigurgeir Jónsson and Katrín Magnúsdóttir, woke up to a knock on their balcony door on the upper floor around 7 am on Sunday morning. Then they heard the window in the door break. Through the window the husband and wife could vaguely spot two men trying to get in.

“For goodness sake, help us, were dying,” the Brits shouted. They did not have the power to open the door, the couple explained. When they opened one of the men was able to stagger inside while the other collapsed in the snowdrift on the balcony.

Jónsson and Magnúsdóttir said one of the men had been nearly unconscious, but they gave him a bath and he soon began feeling better.

Click here to read more about the snowstorm.

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