ICE-SAR, the Icelandic search & rescue association, has identified many locations near to lakes, rivers and the sea which pose elevated drowning risk to locals and visitors.
ICE-SAR is working with its sponsor, the insurance company Sjóvá, and the national roads administration to make sure each of them has safety equipment on site.
The project aims to install the first 100 throwable, lightweight safety belts on lines by this summer. The first has already been put in place by the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon.
A working group from ICE-SAR, Sjóvá and the roads administration worked together on a risk assessment of places along the nation’s roads, with specific regard to danger of drowning. The top 100 locations identified are all popular with locals, and foreign and domestic tourists. For this reason, they were put in the most urgent category and will receive their safety belts in the next month.
The national roads administration has taken responsibility for setting up the safety equipment, and plans are also underway to give the police and fire brigade similar equipment to carry around in their vehicles.