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Tourist in Trouble Rescued by Helicopter

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Tourist in Trouble Rescued by Helicopter

Archive photo. Photo: Dagmar Trodler

The Icelandic Coast Guard helicopter rescued a foreign tourist this afternoon, who sent out an emergency signal while hiking alone on Ófeigsfjarðarheiði mountain, south of Drangajökull glacier in the West Fjords, RÚV reports.

Once the signal was received at about 12:30 pm, the helicopter was called out, as well as rescue teams from Hólmavík, Drangsnes and Árneshreppur district. An hour later, teams from Akranes, Borgarfjörður, Snæfellsnes and Húnavatnsýslur counties were called out.

The Icelandic Coast Guard had to get help from Finland in interpreting the message from the emergency transmitter, which was registered in Finland. Conditions for searching were very difficult: winds were high with heavy rain, and roads were damaged in places due to flooding. For a while it looked like the rescue teams would have to reach the site on foot.

Shortly after 2:30 pm, the helicopter had reached the area. The crew heard the emergency transmitter and was able to gradually find the point from which the signal was sent.

Conditions at the site were rough, but at 3:00 pm, the helicopter had successfully landed and helped the man in trouble on board. He was not injured, but cold and wet.

The man was transported to town, where he was to undergo a medical examination.

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