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Tourists Saved from Highlands in Crazy Weather

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Tourists Saved from Highlands in Crazy Weather

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Archive photo. Photo: Landsbjörg.

Search and rescue associations were called out yesterday evening to track down two groups of travelers in dismal weather conditions; two men who were located north of Mýrdalsjökull in the southern highlands and three others who were traveling the northern highlands. All men were found before midnight.

Approximately 40 search and rescue volunteers took part in the search in the southern highlands. A Coast Guard helicopter was called out too and arrived at the scene shortly after the men had been found, Vísir reports.

The men were in good condition apart from being cold and exhausted as their tent and equipment had been blown away by the storm. They were flown back to town.

Search and rescue squad members on ski-doos found the three tourists who were located in the northern highlands south of Eyjafjörður by the Urðarvötn lakes because of signals sent by a SPOT Personal Tracker the men carried, Vísir reports.

The visibility was extremely bad; the search parties couldn’t see between ski-doos, as described on ruv.is. Around 80 people were involved in the operation and more volunteers were getting ready to join the search when the men were found.

A snowmobile arrived to pick up the tourists and take them back to Akureyri. Their condition was fine.

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