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Lost Icelandic Sailor Found

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Archive photo from Iceland. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

An Icelander lost in Sicily during a tour on a Norwegian ship has been found.

“It is a great relief for us to announce that our colleague has been found and is in good health,” says a statement from the Norwegian coastguard. Benjamín Ólafsson, a crewmember on the Norwegian rescue boat Siem Pilot had been missing since the early hours of Monday morning.

Siem Pilot is a privately-owned supply ship, currently taking part in Operation Frontex in the Mediterranean, searching for, and rescuing, refugees.

Norwegian media reported last night that Benjamín had been located, and there were messages of thanks to all who had participated in the search for the missing crewmember, who left the ship at the Sicilian port of Catania in the middle of the night for unknown reasons.

Axel Due, from the Norwegian police, says that Benjamín underwent a medical exam onboard the ship and will return home to Norway in the coming days, along with his family. He is 23-years-old and lives in Haugesund.

RÚV reports that Due refused to be drawn on where and under what circumstances Benjamín was found.

Norwegian police spokesperson Ida Dahl Nilssen added that the Italian police did a very good job and that “The crew have also been searching for him in the past days and we always held the belief that we would find him safe. We are very happy about it,” Dahl Nilssen said, without going into detail about what caused the disappearance.

“What matters most is that we have found him. His family has requested peace from the case and we will grant them that,” Dahl Nilssen said.

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