Search and Rescue was called out at 4:00 pm on Thursday to search for a ten-year-old boy who had gotten separated from his family near Hreðavatn lake, in West Iceland, Vísir reports. The boy was found just before 6:00 pm near Grábrók crater, safe and sound.
Initially, the search consisted of 40 ICE-SAR volunteers who conducted their search in the forest by the lake, which is also surrounded by lava, cliffs, and scrub plains. By the time the search reached its height, nearly 200 ICE-SAR volunteers were helping to look for the boy on foot and quad bikes, as well as using drones and tracker dogs. The Coast Guard’s helicopter was also called out but returned to its base when the boy was found.
Rescuers found the boy shortly after ICE-SAR received a call-in tip about his whereabouts.