Yesterday, farmers and rescue workers from Grýtubakkahreppur district, North Iceland, picked up 16 sheep by boat from an uninhabited inlet on the east side of Eyjafjörður fjord, RÚV reports. The sheep, which had spent all winter outside, were in good shape.
Thirteen people set out from the town of Grenivík yesterday morning with two boats and two snowmobiles. Their destination was the uninhabited area of Keflavík, on the east side of the fjord. From Keflavík lies the valley of Keflavíkurdalur, where the 16 sheep were known to be.
Farmer Þórarinn Pétursson told RÚV that 12 of the sheep were quickly found. “We then spent considerable time looking for four sheep, which clearly had escaped and were high up in the cliffs. It was tough catching them, but we finally made it.”
After herding them down to the shore, they were ferried by a life-raft to a motor boat , which took them to Grenivík. For such a task to be accomplished, Þórarinn says many factors must come together, such as good weather for sailing and well trained people. “We had to tie the legs of every sheep and carry them.” It requires many moves to bring them home, he said.