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Two men choppered to hospital with burns

A Coast Guard helicopter brought two men in their early twenties who had suffered burns to the hospital in Neskaupstadur in the Eastfjords yesterday. One was injured after his car caught fire and the other after stepping into a hotspring.

The hospital in Neskaupstadur was notified of a burn victim Fljótsdalur valley, east Iceland, who required immediate transport to the hospital, so a Coast Guard helicopter was called to the scene, Fréttabladid reports.

Shortly thereafter, the hospital received a report about another burn victim, a tourist who had stepped into a hotspring near lake Mývatn in northeast Iceland, so the helicopter brought him along too.

“It was very lucky that we could take him with us,” said Ágústa Waage, an assistant physician at the hospital in Neskaupstadur. The tourist was released after being cared for in the hospital’s emergency room.

The other man is being kept in intensive care with burns in his face and hands. According to doctors, his condition is stable. He is suspected of having sniffed gas before lighting a cigarette.

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