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Two foreign travelers, lost snowmobiling near Langjökull glacier, have been found

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  • ICE-SAR members at work 180 members of Search and Rescue Units from Reykjavík, West and South Iceland participated in the search. Photo/Landsbjörg.

The two travellers have been found. Members of the Search and Rescue units managed to locate them safe and sound around 9PM. The people had reacted correctly to the situation, and stayed put when they discovered they had been separated from their group. Over 180 members of ICE-SAR participated in the search. The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service reported the travellers have been found.

The two travellers, who are in their fifties, got separated from a group of 28 other travellers and six guides which had intended to travel by snowmobile to Langjökull glacier in the Central Highlands.

Read more: 120 members of ICE-SAR units search for two foreign travelers, lost near Langjökull glacier

The weather at the site was extremely hostile. When the guides decided to abandon the trip and return to base the two travellers were separated from the group. The travellers were discovered to be lost at 3PM. At 3:40 ICE-SAR received a distress call asking for assistance. A full scale search operation had been launched at 7PM. The travellers were then found by 9PM.

A spokesman for ICE-SAR who spoke with the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service says the two travellers are well equipped, and that they responded correctly to the situation, staying put when they discovered they were lost, rather than attempt to find their way back, thus risking to wander even further from the area where they had last been in contact with the rest of the group.

The map below shows the approximate site where the two were separated from their group. You can zoom out to see the location.

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