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Car Runs into River, Search Unsuccessful

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Car Runs into River, Search Unsuccessful

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A helicopter from the Icelandic Coast Guard. Photo: Wikipedia

Up to 100 people, search and rescue volunteers, police officers and firefighters, took part in a search for a vehicle a witness observed running into the Ölfusá river in Selfoss, South Iceland, between 10 and 11 last night. They searched through the night but with no luck.

A Coast Guard helicopter was also called out to participate in the search, along with divers from the police’s Special Forces. Police officers remain at the scene and the search will continue the search at daybreak, ruv.is reports.

It is believed that the driver was alone in the car and the person’s identity is believed to be known. The car ran off the road south of the river, near Selfosskirkja church. The cause of the accident is unknown.

It was explained in RÚV’s radio news this morning that Ölfusá’s current is particularly strong in the location where the car fell into it and it may have been carried far away from the scene.

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