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Lone Traveller Rescued in Highlands Storm

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Lone Traveller Rescued in Highlands Storm

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

A traveller lost in Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands was found shortly before 2.00am this morning, RÚV reports. Nearly 200 volunteers from the Reykjavík capital area, West Iceland, and the Suðurnes peninsula set off in search of the man yesterday evening when an emergency signal was received from the area. The location of the call was unclear, making the search a challenge. The man was wet and cold when he was found, but is now safe and sound.

The man was a foreign tourist and appears to have been stranded by bad weather. “He was travelling alone and had missed the weather warning. He maybe didn’t have a way to listen to it or the language skills to understand it,” said Jón Hermansson, of the Rangárvallasýsla Search and Rescue team. Luckily, the man had a tent, which protected him from the elements until rescue teams located him.

“The weather was so bad that it took a while to find the man in his surroundings,” Jón said. “He was in a green tent, which is not the easiest to see in the landscape there. It blended into the environment.”

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