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Search and Rescue Called Out 12,194 Times

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Search and Rescue Called Out 12,194 Times

A screenshot of a map showing ICE-SAR's operations in 2014.

A screenshot from a map showing a timeline and location of ICE-SAR’s operations last year. Photo: ICE-SAR.

A total of 92 member associations of ICE-SAR (the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue) with 2,468 volunteers participated in 1,500 operations in 2014, including the highland watch, responding to 12,194 callouts, as stated in a press release from ICE-SAR.

These included assisting drivers in bad weather, particularly towards the end of the year, rescuing trapped hikers and searching for missing persons.

Among the biggest operations in 2014 was a complicated search for two missing women in Bleiksárgljúfur canyon in South Iceland, both of whom were found dead.

ICE-SAR’s volunteers also participated in various operations in connection with the eruption in Holuhraun, such as evacuating an area in the highland and guarding closed roads.

The accompanying map shows a timeline and location of ICE-SAR’s operations last year.

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