Rescue workers were deployed last weekend to save a stranded ptarmigan hunter. The mission, which involved some 200 volunteers, was captured on video.
RÚV reports that ptarmigan hunters needing rescue from tight spots is somewhat of a national legend at this point, although the need for such operations has decreased in recent years.
“Deployments due to ptarmigan hunters have decreased because they are better prepared,” ICE-SAR media liaison Þorsteinn G. Gunnarsson told reporters. “They have GPS devices, mobile phones and such. [The rescues] are often less involved than they were before these devices.”
One of the rescue workers involved in last weekend’s operation, which took place in Snæfellsnes, was on hand to record the operation, showing just how challenging these missions can be, regardless of our modern devices: