Police and Search & Rescue workers rescued a boy from drowning in quicksand in Þórólfsfell yesterday, where he had been buried up to the waist.
According to RÚV, the 9 year-old had been walking west of Glísa where he found himself stuck in the sand and unable to move. His travel companions quickly called for help and waited by him until police and rescue teams arrived on the scene just 20 minutes later to find the boy buried to his waist. The rescue team laid down planks beside him and pulled him out.
Rescue worker, Sveinbjörn Már Birgisson, stated to RÚV that the site at Hvolsvelli where the boy got stuck is usually covered by water and therefore people don’t normally venture into the area. However, since the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, the pond has been covered by volcanic ashfall and is attracting people onto its deceptive territory.
There has been no indication of the boy sustaining any serious injuries.