From Iceland — Fisherman Missing Off Boat In Vopnafjörður, Search Enters Second Day

Fisherman Missing Off Boat In Vopnafjörður, Search Enters Second Day

Published May 19, 2020

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Villhelm / Visir

Search is underway for a crew member from a fishing boat in Vopnafjörður in northeast Iceland who went missing just after midnight on May 18th, Vísir reports.

The alarm was raised at around 02:00 on May 18th when fishermen realised a crew member was missing when they arrived in Vopnafjörður’s port. A coast guard helicopter with five divers on board arrived at around 19:00 yesterday to assist local rescue forces, but the helicopter has now returned to Reykja­vík.

The coast guard, local police and Vopni rescue squad resumed their search at 9:00 this morning.

Jón Sigurðarson, a board member of the Vopni rescue squad, told Morgunblaðið that around 170 people are taking part in the search. Rescue teams from Húsavík, Aðaldal and as far east as Djúpavogur have joined the effort.

Conditions in Vopnafjörður are set to be bright and calm today, which Jón says ideal for the search. More details are pending as updates arise.

Note: The time the crew member went missing has been corrected.

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