Hang Glider Crashes, Tourist Trapped on Mountain

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Hang Glider Crashes, Tourist Trapped on Mountain

A number of search and rescue team members in south Iceland were called out yesterday because of a hang glider which had hit a rocky belt in Mt. Núpafjall near Hveragerði. Due to how difficult it was to access the area, a Coast Guard helicopter was also called out.

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Mt. Esja. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The pilot was taken by helicopter to the ER of the national hospital, Landspítali, in Reykjavík. A physician on duty informed Morgunblaðið that the woman had fractured her ankle but was otherwise in good condition.

Yesterday afternoon, all of the search and rescue teams in the capital region, 100 people, were called out after an emergency call from a 45-year-old Dutch tourist who had become trapped on Mt. Esja outside Reykjavík.

Such extensive manpower was considered necessary as the man couldn’t give them his exact location. But he remained in telephone contact with the rescue teams the entire time and the search conditions were good.

The man was found unharmed in a rocky belt near the Kistufell peak after approximately two hours. It took around one and a half hours to bring him back to settled areas.

ESA