From Iceland — Boy Missing After Falling Into River While Helping Farmer Clear Snow

Boy Missing After Falling Into River While Helping Farmer Clear Snow

Published December 12, 2019

Photo by
Landsbjörg

A young boy fell into the river of Núpá in North Iceland last night, RÚV reports, while helping a farmer clear snow to restore electricity to his homestead. He is still missing, and the search for him is still underway.

The boy was reportedly helping to clear snow away from a local power station near the river which provides electricity to the farm, when a wave of slush and water suddenly poured through, knocking him into the water.

Almost immediately after the accident, an intense search was launched involving both the police and rescue workers. In fact, all police and rescue workers in the area converged on the scene to offer assistance.

In all, 40 people—including a group of ten people who specialise in diving in running water—have been searching for the boy in weather conditions that make the search even more difficult. Helicopters have also been deployed.

As reported, the cyclone which swept over Iceland over the past two days hit the north especially hard, knocking out power to many homes. Many homes are still without heat and power.

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