An extensive search is underway for a foreign tourist who fell into a river by Sveinsgil ravine, north of Torfajökull glacier in the southern Icelandic highlands last night.
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A foreign tourist, who had been missing since Saturday morning, was found alive and well last night.
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.
A search is still being conducted for Hörður Björnsson who has been missing since Wednesday morning last week.
Search and rescue organizations from the capital region were called out this morning when a boat ran aground at Eyri by Álftanes, a neighboring community of Reykjavík. It soon turned out that the two men onboard weren’t in any danger.
An Icelandic crew member of a Norwegian supply vessel docked in Sicily has been missing since early Monday morning.
A boy who got separated from his family in the slopes of Hekla volcano in southern Iceland yesterday, has been found.
The number of times the 112 emergency line calls out Icelandic search & rescue teams was nearly double in 2014 compared to 2013. ICE-SAR teams reacted to 1,386 such call-outs last year.
All search and rescue volunteers in the northwestern part of the West Fjords were called out yesterday due to an emergency call from tourists in Jökulfjörður in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.
The carcass of a fin whale which beached on the island Stakksey off Stykkishólmur, West Iceland, last weekend, was pulled back into Breiðafjörður fjord on Sunday evening. The carcass sank to the sea on its own, eliminating the use of explosives.
Search and rescue squad Dagrenning in Hólmavík, the eastern West Fjords, was called out last night because of a storm which raged in the area. A roof was coming loose from a house in the town and a boat in the harbor was about to be blown out to sea.
Search and rescue teams in North Iceland have been called out to search for two men who are lost west of Askja volcano in the northeastern highlands. They started hiking from Strengjabrekka last weekend and were planning to walk to Svartárvatn lake.
The Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue, ICE-SAR, will increase the number of volunteers in the highlands this summer due to the expected increase in tourists visiting the area north of Vatnajökull where Holuhraun lava field is located.
Two members of the Hafnarfjörður search and rescue association, Gísli Rafn Ólafsson and Andri Rafn Sveinsson, have been sent to Nepal on behalf of Nethope, the umbrella organization for the 42 largest search and rescue associations in the world.
MP for the Left Greens Svandís Svavarsdóttir announced on Facebook yesterday that her party will put forward a motion in parliament that the Icelandic government allocates additional funds to the Icelandic Coast Guard so that its ship Týr can continue its work in the Mediterranean.
Search and rescue services were called out to Holtavörðuheiði pass, on the Ring Road between North and South Iceland, yesterday when a 12-car pileup occurred in bad weather.
Search and rescue associations from Hvammstangi and Borgarfjörður in North and West Iceland were called out late yesterday evening to assist drivers on Holtavörðuheiði mountain pass, which is part of the Ring Road, due to dismal weather conditions.
Four British hikers contacted the emergency services early this morning. They had intended to cross the highlands by taking the Kjölur road, which is open for cars in the summer, but after four days in snowy conditions they had become cold and exhausted and were unable to continue.
Approximately 120 persons had to spend the night in Laugarbakki and Reykir in Northwest Iceland as Ring Road 1 across Holtavörðuheiði mountain pass was closed due to blizzard conditions yesterday. The road is still closed but the situation is being reassessed.
Two foreign tourists who intended to ski across Vatnajökull glacier called the 112 emergency hotline this morning, requesting assistance getting down from the glacier. Search and rescue picked up their traveling companion on Tuesday after he had fallen ill.
Travelers visiting the beach Djúpalónssandur on Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland risked their lives by standing too close to the surf on two occasions on Saturday. Giant waves crashed over the people and started pulling them out to sea.
Search and rescue associations were called out yesterday evening to track down two groups of travelers in dismal weather conditions; two men who were located north of Mýrdalsjökull in the southern highlands and three others who were traveling the northern highlands. All men were found before...