On the night of Tuesday, August 6th, an elderly man heard the distressed cries of someone in danger and subsequently saved the life of a young woman. The Swiss woman, who was in her early 20s, had fallen off a cliff and gotten stuck in a pool of water.
The 84-year-old man had been golfing around 22:00 when he heard the cries for help, and immediately went to inform the police. The police then called a rescue team and, with their assistance and the help of drones, saved the woman. By 12:30, they had her safely loaded into an ambulance. She was then transported to the hospital where she was placed in intensive care.
Rescue worker Davíð Kristinsson told Iceland Monitor that, “she would have died if no one had heard her.”
Iceland is a vast and beautiful country full of wonder and excitement, but it is very easy to find oneself in danger. The woman was alone and had told nobody where she was going, which, according to Davíð, “demonstrates the importance of giving notice before you go on such a hike, because this one could clearly have been her last.”
If you are planning to go on a hike or otherwise explore the country, always leave your travel plans with safetravel.is. They will take your information, including an emergency contact in case you get lost, and give free advice for any intrepid explorer of the great outdoors. Best of all, it’s absolutely free.
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