The Icelandic Coast Guard has called off the search for the sinking ship which gave out a distress call Sunday afternoon, it remains uncertain whether the call was a hoax or not.
Chief of Operations at Iceland’s Coast Guard, Ásgrímur Ásgrímsson, told RÚV that until further notice the search would be called off, “The Coast Guard has stopped the helicopter search and won’t be conducting further searches with rescue ships unless further evidence comes to light of a boat or ship in danger.”
The Coast Guard has reached out to the police for assistance with inquiries. There have been no reports of missing people or ships. It has been not proven possible thus far to determine where exactly the distress call originated. The call could have come from land.
The search for the missing ship was extensive and the cost of the operation was high, the helicopter searches yesterday alone could add up to four to five million ISK.