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Travelers Trapped in Highlands, ICE-SAR to the Rescue

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Travelers Trapped in Highlands, ICE-SAR to the Rescue

Photo: Dagmar Trodler

The search and rescue squad Ok in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland, was called out to assist foreign tourists who were stuck in their car on a mountain road in Kaldidalur valley above Húsafell in the western highlands on Saturday.

The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration had marked the road as ófær (‘impassable’). The tourists were fine and the volunteers of Ok, operating within search and rescue organization ICE-SAR, helped them free the car.

The search and rescue squad Húnar in Hvammstangi, Northwest Iceland, was also called out because of a similar incident over the weekend.

Three domestic tourists had gotten their car stuck on a highland road across Arnarvatnsheiði, east of Arnarvatn lake, on Saturday. They were wet and cold after several hours of trying to get their car loose.

Search and rescue workers estimated that it would take several more hours to get the people back to inhabited areas.

Winter conditions currently exist on roads in the highlands, which are only passable on specially-equipped vehicles.

For information on road conditions, go to vegag.is.

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