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Almost 800 People Took Part in Search for Birna

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Almost 800 People Took Part in Search for Birna

Search for Birna Brjánsdóttir.

Rescue workers searching last night in Herdísarvík, Selvogur, on Reykjanes peninsula.Photo: ICE-SAR.

More than 300 Icelandic rescue workers continued searching for clues regarding the disappearance of Birna Brjánsdóttir last night, according to a press release from ICE-SAR. Her body was discovered on the south coast of Reykjanes peninsula by the crew of the Icelandic Coast Guard helicopter early yesterday afternoon. The 20-year-old had been missing since January 14.

The emphasis last night was on searching for clues, such as signs of human traffic, traces on the ground, or items which could be connected to her case.

Ninety search areas were covered last night, all the way from Grindavík ,on the south coast of Reykjanes peninsula, east to Eyrarbakki. The focus was on searching along roads and trails.

The search for Birna over the weekend was the most extensive one ever organized by ICE-SAR. Altogether, 775 ICE-SAR volunteers took part in the search effort, 685 of them rescue workers who searched for her, 40 people who organized the search, and 50 people from ICE-SAR’s accident prevention divisions.

Rescue workers were assisted by 11 dogs, drones, four wheelers (ATVs), and almost every vehicle operated by ICE-SAR. Rescue workers from 71 rescue teams from all over the country participated in the search, as well as accident prevention specialist from five ICE-SAR divisions.

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