Two in Custody After Accident at Sea

Coast Guard vessel Freyja in Húnaflói Bay

Questioning of the captain and first mate of the cargo ship Longdawn continue today following an incident yesterday. The two individuals are suspected of having abandoned the scene of an accident after the coastal fishing boat Hadda capsized the night before last.

May have caused an accident, abandoned the scene

Vísir states that evidence suggests that the cargo ship collided with the man’s coastal fishing boat, causing him to fall into the sea, though he was narrowly rescued.

The accident occurred around 3 a.m. during the night of May 16.

According to Ásgeir Erlendsson, communications officer from the Icelandic Coast Guard, an investigation of the fishing boat’s movements and a comparison with other ships in the area revealed that the Longdawn was in the same location at the same time. Consequently, the cargo ship’s crew was taken in for questioning.

Karl Gauti Hjaltason, the police chief in Vestmannaeyjar, confirmed that the captain in question is a Russian national.

Transferred to Keflavík

RÚV reports that the men in question were taken into custody in the Westman islands last night, but were then transferred to Keflavík.

The investigation of the maritime accident is under the jurisdiction of the Suðurnes police. Two crew members, a mate and a deckhand, were released after questioning yesterday.

Motorcycle Accident in Garðabær Claims Young Man’s Life

Small boat fishermen crowd the Arnarstapi harbour each summer for the coastal fishing season

A man in his twenties died after losing control of his motorcycle in Garðabær yesterday, Mbl.is reports. An investigation has been launched into the circumstances of the accident.

Investigation launched into the incident

A man in his twenties died in a road accident in Garðabær yesterday afternoon, Mbl.is reports. The man was riding a motorcycle west on the Heiðmerkurvegur road when he appeared to have lost control of the bike, which veered off the road.

The accident was reported at just past 6 PM yesterday, and the man was immediately transported to the National University Hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The name of the deceased will not be disclosed at this time.

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances of the accident.

Search Continues for Man Lost in Grindavík

grindavík evacuation

The search continues for a man who is believed to have fallen into a crevasse in Grindavík, Southwest Iceland, yesterday morning. The man was working to fill the crevasses formed by earthquakes and volcanic activity in November of last year. Conditions at the site are difficult and risky.

Police received reports of the accident yesterday between 10:00 and 11:00 AM, according to a notice from Suðurnes Police. According to the notice, the ground beneath some work equipment at the site gave way and the man fell into a deep crevasse that opened as a result. There were no witnesses at the scene.

When the accident occurred, the man was working in Grindavík’s Vesturhóp street to fill a crevasse. The work was intended to ensure the safety of the environs and the security of a house that was located nearby.

Eruption over, risk of another looming

The town of Grindavík was evacuated on November 10 amid powerful seismic activity. Earthquakes and the formation of a magma dike under the town have opened crevasses and damaged roads, homes, and infrastructure in and around Grindavík. A short, but powerful eruption occurred northeast of the town between December 18 and 21 and volcanologists say that another could occur soon.

Fatal Accident in Reykjanesbær, Investigation Underway

Small boat fishermen crowd the Arnarstapi harbour each summer for the coastal fishing season

A fatal workplace accident occurred yesterday at Fitjabraut in Reykjanesbær, Vísir reports. An investigation is currently underway.

Reports of a loud explosion

Yesterday morning, a fatal workplace accident occurred at Fitjabraut in Reykjanesbær. Vísir reports that police received a call about the incident at 11:27 AM, and emergency services quickly arrived at the scene.

“The responders confirmed upon arrival that the accident was fatal. An investigation is currently ongoing, and further details are not available at this moment,” stated the Suðurnes Police.

Vísir’s sources indicated that a loud explosion was heard at the time of the accident. Fitjabraut, where the incident took place, is mainly an industrial area located near Reykjanesbær’s harbour.

Significant Damage After Residential Fire

Significant damage occurred after a fire broke out in a multi-family house in Akureyri, RÚV reports.

A fire began in a multi-family house in Akureyri early this morning, and although the fire brigade quickly managed to control the blaze, significant damage was done to the building.

RÚV reports that the fire has since been successfully extinguished.

Gunnar Rúnar Ólafsson, the fire chief in Akureyri, stated that a significant amount of smoke was coming from the house when the fire brigade arrived. No residents were inside the apartment that caught fire, and they managed to extinguish the fire quickly, in about half an hour.

The building in question is home to four apartments.

Gunnar stated that there is no further information about the source of the fire.

 

Divers Assess Damage to Cargo Ship

Divers are on their way to a German cargo ship currently that was damaged yesterday, Vísir reports. Environmental concerns surround the ship due to the possibility of an oil leak. Although damage to the ship has been confirmed, the extent of it is not yet known.

En route to Rotterdam

The cargo ship in question ran aground yesterday, September 10, near Akurey, a small island outside of Reykjavík harbour. A possible oil spill was detected in the area and the Coast Guard’s search and rescue team was called in for assistance. The ship, which was on its way to Rotterdam, returned to harbour.

An environmental protection barrier was placed around the ship.

Ágeir Erlendsson, information officer for the Coast Guard, stated to Vísir: “We saw this thin film of oil, both from Óðinn’s (a Coast Guard ship) observation deck and from a helicopter fly-over. This thin film was seen where the ship ran aground. That’s why it’s heading into the harbour, and we will then further quarantine it.”

Divers assessing damage

However, as of today, September 11, the oil leak is yet to be confirmed. Divers are currently on their way to the ship to further assess the situation.

The ship is on lease to Eimskip from its owner, German logistics company Peter Döhle.

“The divers are on their way to assess the damage,” stated  There is some damage, and it is uncertain whether the ship can sail. Most likely, some repairs will need to be carried out, but we do not know the extent of them,” stated Edda Rut Björnsdóttir, a representative for Eimskip. “There is some damage, and it is uncertain whether the ship can sail. Most likely, some repairs will need to be carried out, but we do not know the extent of them.”

The Environment Agency has been informed, and a transportation investigation committee is said to be conducting an investigation into the matter.

Hellisheiði Reopened After Bus Caught Fire

Route 1 Iceland

A tour bus caught fire on its way down the Hellisheiði pass around 21:00 last night. Vísir reports.

Reports indicate that the bus was operated by SBA Norðurleið and had some 10 passengers aboard. All made it to safety and there were no injuries. The 10 passengers were transported to Reykjavík.

The western route through Hellisheiði was closed while local fire teams responded. The bus was removed from the road around midnight and the road has since been reopened.

Three Dead in East Iceland Plane Crash

fatal accident Iceland

Three died last night, July 9, in a plane crash southwest of Egilsstaðir.

First responders in East Iceland were called out last night after following reports of a missing plane, reported to be a Cessna 172. The 4-seater aircraft sent out a distress call around 5:01pm. In addition to ICESAR and a coastguard helicopter, Vísir reports that a helicopter from a tourist travel service also joined the search. Nearly all East Iceland first responders were called out.

The wreckage was seen around 8:00pm last night. Initially spotted by an Icelandair flight en route to Egilsstaðir, the crash site was confirmed by the tourism helicopter.

The three, including the pilot and two passengers, were pronounced dead at the scene.

East Iceland police have stated that the case is still in its early stages and they will investigate the matter further with the proper authorities.

Man Drowns Following Accident at Westman Islands Harbour

The driver of the vehicle that went into the harbour in Westman Islands yesterday evening has been pronounced dead, RÚV reports. The police have launched an investigation into the incident.

Resuscitation attempts unsuccessful

At 8.18 PM yesterday, the Westman Islands police were notified of a vehicle that had been driven into the Nausthamarsbryggja harbour in the Westman Islands. Speaking to RÚV, Chief Inspector Jóhannes Ólafsson stated that a crew member of a local fishing boat, which was on its way to the port, had placed the call.

A response team was immediately dispatched, and a diver was sent to retrieve the vehicle’s driver, who was alone in the car and unconscious. Despite quick reactions from the authorities, resuscitation attempts proved unsuccessful, and the man was pronounced dead. According to an announcement from the police, an investigation has been launched into the causes of the accident.

Nine Flown to Reykjavík Following Accident

TF-GRÓ Icelandic Coast Guard Helicopter

Following an accident on Suðurlandsvegur yesterday, January 3, nine individuals were flown to Reykjavík for medical care. The accident in question occurred shortly before 2:00. According to initial reports, the individuals are in stable condition.

The accident occurred east of Fagurhólmsýrar on the South Coast.

An SUV and a smaller vehicle were involved in the incident. In total, nine passengers were aboard the vehicles.

In total, two coast guard helicopters and one coast guard surveillance plane were dispatched. The two helicopters were sent directly to the scene of the accident, taking the first six individuals. The coast guard plane landed in the town of Höfn, taking the final three.

The accident was attributed to the weather, which has left much ice on the roads in the past days. Following the crash, a stretch of Suðurlandsvegur was closed to traffic, but has since been re-opened.

Both vehicles are reported as badly damaged. The individuals are reported to have suffered serious injuries as well, but are in stable condition.