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River Rescue and Balancing Bus

Steinholtsá

The rescue underway in Steinholtsá river. Photo: Kristinn Helgi Hilmarsson.

Rescue workers were called out yesterday afternoon to assist two men, stuck in a 4x4 in Steinholtsá river, on the road to Þórsmörk, South Iceland, according to ICE-SAR. The vehicle, equipped with 35-inch tires, had been driven out into the river at a ford, but was caught by the current and drifted about 25 m (27 yards) downstream, where it stopped. By that time, the water level was beyond the middle of the windshield. The two men, both Icelandic, stayed in the vehicle until help arrived. By using a tractor from Þórsmörk to reach to the men, it was possible to bring them to safety. The 4x4 was then pulled out of the river.

Steinholtsá

Photo: Kristinn Helgi Hilmarsson.

Rivers are very swollen in this area, and ICE-SAR advises travelers to show extreme caution and avoid unnecessary risk.

Steinholtsá

Photo: Kristinn Helgi Hilmarsson.

Rescue workers were also called out yesterday afternoon when the shoulder of a road gave in to the weight of a bus full of tourists traveling to Hafrafell by Svínafellsjökull glacier, which is in the southern part of Vatnajökull glacier. The bus tilted considerably, and the 44 passengers onboard ran the risk of tipping it over by trying to evacuate. Therefore, they decided to wait for the arrival of rescuers, who secured the bus with ropes before evacuating it.

The tourists remained calm, but were relieved when help arrived. They were all safely off the bus about half an hour after they had called for assistance.

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