From Iceland — Rescuers Save Couple At Tröllaskaga

Rescuers Save Couple At Tröllaskaga

Published June 1, 2016

Jóhanna Pétursdóttir
Photo by
Art Bicnick

A rescue team, in conjunction with the police, rescued a foreign couple that was trapped at Nesskriður, east of Siglufjörður.

RÚV reports that the couple were walking to Siglufjörður when they got stuck. The area is so hard to access that it took 30 to 40 people in order to save them. The rescue team called for backup in the middle of the night in order to get them out.

“The couple had gotten into a complete deadlock there,” says Sigurbjörn Þorgeirsson police officer. “There was no way out and they were getting cold.”

The operation took about 5 to 6 hours and got to the point were rescuers themselves needed to be rescued because of the danger in the area. Drones were used to assess the risk. The first rescuers got to the couple at 1 o’clock in the morning and the couple got safely on land at about 5 o’clock in the morning.

To get some idea of just how treacherous the conditions at Nesskriður are, here’s what it looks like. The Grapevine would like to remind readers to never attempt such a climb unless you have both the training and the equipment to do so.

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