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Woman Dies During Glacier Tour in Iceland

A 45-year-old woman fell into an approximately 30-meter deep crevasse on Langjökull glacier along with her seven-year-old son in the Icelandic western highlands on Saturday. She was pronounced dead after her body was recovered from the crevasse but her son survived and his condition is no longer critical.

The situation for rescue was extremely difficult, according to the police in Borgarnes. The crevasse was narrow and search and rescue team members had to be lowered into it one at a time, head first. The rescue mission took many hours, visir.is reports.

The mother and son had been on a jeep tour with other travelers and were walking not far from the jeeps when they fell into the crevasse.

Glaciologist Helgi Björnsson strongly warns people against traveling on fracture zones of glaciers. “Glaciers are semi-liquid material and when they progress, or flow from the mountains, they crack at the surface. There are many crevasses in the area where the accident occurred. No one should travel there,” Björnsson told visir.is.

A Coast Guard helicopter, west Iceland and capital region search and rescue teams were called to the glacier when the accident was reported. Around 100 people participated in the rescue mission.

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