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.