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Skiers on Glacier Call Search and Rescue

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Skiers on Glacier Call Search and Rescue

Map of Vatnajökull

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Two foreign tourists who intended to ski across Vatnajökull glacier called the 112 emergency hotline this morning, requesting assistance getting down from the glacier. Search and rescue picked up their traveling companion on Tuesday after he had fallen ill.

On Tuesday, the search and rescue squad members informed the skiers that bad weather had been forecast, recommending that they accompany their companion down the glacier. However, they refused, and didn’t want to be moved to a different location either, mbl.is reports.

The men had managed to travel 35 km (21 miles) into Vatnajökull, directly above Skálafellsjökull outlet glacier, when they got stranded. Their tent and other equipment had been blown away by the storm.

Search and rescue volunteers from East Iceland are heading towards them on two cars. The weather is too bad for ski-doos.

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