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Search for man who fell into Ölfusá river early Sunday morning called off due to bad weather

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  • Ölfusárbrú bridge The man was seen jumping from the bridge early Sunday morning. Photo/Ernir

ICE-SAR and Police in South Iceland have scaled back the search for a man who was seen jumping into Ölfusá river early Sunday morning. Poor weather conditions forced ICE-SAR and Police to call off the search yesterday evening. The search will only be resumed on Wednesday after the weather has calmed down.

A witness saw a man climb onto the railing on the Ölfusá-brigde in the town of Selfoss, early Sunday morning, and then jump into the river. The incident took place at ca 3:00 am Sunday morning. Police has not provided any details on the identity of the man or the lead-up to the incident.

Read more: ICE-SAR, Police search for man who fell into Ölfusá river in Selfoss town, South Iceland

Members of ICE-SAR companies in South Iceland and the Capital Region as well as a helicopter from the Coast Guard participated in the search on Sunday morning. The search was scaled down on Monday as hope to find the man alive waned. .

The focus of the search is downstream from Selfoss and the river's estuary.  According to the local news site Vísir more than 80-90 members of ICE-SAR were participating in the search at 9:00 when the Coast Guard helicopter was called back. Boats and drones have been used used to search the river and its banks.

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