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Boy’s Body Found in River

The body of 16-year-old Leifur Magnús Grétarsson Thisland, who fell into a river in North Iceland has been found, RÚV reports. had been assisting a farmer in Eyjafjörður on Wednesday night with clearing slush from a home power station when he fell into the river and was carried away. Extreme weather has caused extended power outages in North Iceland over the past week.

Police were informed around 10.00pm on Wednesday night about the accident. Search and rescue teams were dispatched to the scene right away. Over 40 volunteers, including a team specialised in water rescue, helped with the search. Conditions were extremely difficult, with freezing temperatures, strong winds, and heavy snowfall complicating the operation.

The boy’s body was found around noon yesterday and was transported to Akureyri by helicopter later that afternoon. Chief Inspector of Northeast Iceland Police Hermann Karlsson stated that an investigation into the incident will take place, as per standard procedure.

Leifur was born in Norway in 2003 and lived in the Westman Islands.

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