Missing German Tourist Found - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Missing German Tourist Found

Published May 26, 2011

A tourist from Germany who went missing yesterday was found by rescuers, cold and wet but otherwise fine.
RÛV reports that some 60 members of the Icelandic Rescue Squad from across the country were dispatched to the area north of the Vatnajökull glacier in search of the man, often in dark and ash-filled conditions. He was eventually found by a helicopter, much further away – some 14 kilometres southwest of Fjörðungsalda.
The tourist in question was very cold and wet, but otherwise fine. That said, not everyone who has wandered into the Icelandic wilderness has been so lucky, despite the fast response and expertise of the Rescue Squad. Remember: before venturing out for a walk into the less tamed parts of Iceland, tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back. Dress assuming that you might encounter any possible weather condition. If you do get lost and cannot find any phone reception, remember that it will be easier for you to be found if you do not keep wandering in random directions, but rather stay in one place.

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