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Rescue Workers Injured During Search

Icelandic Coast Guard helicopter

Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

Two rescue workers were injured late last night when searching for a farmer on the Vatnsnes peninsula, Northwest Iceland, RÚV reports. They were on the same snowmobile during the search. The severity of their injuries is not known, but they were transported by helicopter to Landspítali University hospital.

The farmer had gone looking for his horses in Hlíðardalur valley and failed to return in the evening. About 55 people participated in the search, with the assistance of the Icelandic Coast Guard helicopter. Snowmobiles, ATVs and cars were also used.

The farmer was found, cold and exhausted, and transported to the health clinic in Hvammstangi.

Update: The two rescue workers, a man and a woman, were injured when their snowmobile rolled over, Vísir reports. The accident happened shortly after the farmer hand been found. The man was discharged this morning, and the woman may be discharged later today.

When the farmer was found, his body temperature was down to 30˚ C (86˚ F). Rescue workers reported the timing of his rescue was critical, but he is now recovering. He was transported by ambulance to the health clinic in Hvammstangi.

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