A search and rescue team of over 200 was called out over the weekend to search for a French woman who had gone hiking in Heydalur in Mjóifjörður in Iceland's West Fjords.
Winter in the West Fjords. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
The woman works at the farm Heydalur. On Friday morning she told others she was going for a stroll and was expected back before 1 pm. When she did not return after more than six hours her employees started worrying about her and after a while called out a rescue team.
The team grew bigger as the search area grew larger. Some suspected that the woman might have decided to hitchhike from the main road, but the main efforts were directed to searching in the mountains, especially after some who searched by air thought they saw footprints there. Finally, the woman, Maylis Lasserre, was found by a helicopter when she was walking on the mountain between Skötufjörður and Mjóifjörður on Saturday night.
In an interview with visir.is Lasserre said that she had not slept at all but tried to rest. She had no idea where she was. She claims to be an experienced mountain climber, but this time she had no mobile phone with her and when she was found she had taken off her shoes, which had been filled with snow.
On Sunday Lasserre seemed to be in good spirits when she spoke to visir.is and expressed her thanks to the team who had taken part in the operation.