The Icelandic Coast Guard, patrolling the North Iceland river of Núpá in search of Leif Magnús Grétarsson Thisland, found his remains further downriver this afternoon. The body was flown by helicopter to Akureyri.
As reported, Leif was helping a farmer clear snow to restore electricity to his homestead at the time of the incident. 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.
Leif’s tragic passing was the only casualty of the cyclone which swept over Iceland over the past three days and hit the north especially hard, knocking out power to many homes. Authorities have reached out to contact his next of kin.
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