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Tourists Rescued in Southern Highlands

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Tourists Rescued in Southern Highlands

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Photo: Landsbjörg.

Search & Rescue teams in South Iceland were called out yesterday afternoon to assist two foreign hikers in the Highlands.

ICE-SAR received a call for help from two tourists who were located on the Fimmvörðuháls trail, which runs between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.

The pair had planned to hike from Skógafoss to Þórsmörk, but after walking for three hours the conditions turned out to be too treacherous. It was extremely windy at Fimmvörðuháls yesterday, with a storm warning in place.

The hikers sent their call for help in a so-called Rescue-Me message on their phone. The messages, sent through the ICE-SAR app, also transmit precise location data to rescuers, which meant that they were able to locate the two men quickly in the location their phone had indicated, at a height of about 500 meters above sea level.

Both men were uninjured, but had started to get very cold, a statement from ICE-SAR says.

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