Couple Injured After Terrible Fall - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Couple Injured After Terrible Fall

Published February 7, 2016

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Björgunarfélag Hornafjarðar

A chopper from the Icelandic Coast Guard needed to be called to rescue a couple who fell and slid some 100 metres.

Vísir reports that a man in his forties and a woman in her sixties were amongst members of a group of tourists walking along a path in Skarðsdal yesterday, in north Iceland, at an elevation of 600-700 metres. The two lost their footing, falling and sliding some 100 metres before coming to a stop, badly injured.

Rescue teams from Akranes, Borgarnes and Borgarfjörður were called out, as well as a helicopter from the Icelandic Coast Guard. The chopper reportedly arrived before the rescue teams did, and conditions made the rescue difficult.

However, the couple were soon loaded onto the helicopter and flown directly to Landspítali hospital in Fossvogur, Reykjavík. Others who were witnesses to the accident were offered trauma counseling.

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