Lost, Foreign, and Cold!

16 03 2013

Slysavarnafélagið Landsbjörg (Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue) have responsibility for rescue operations in Iceland. The ICE-SAR rescue teams number about 100, within which there are thousands of volunteers who are always available when needed. Today, teams from the Westfjords were conducting a drill. And we volunteered to be victims.

The teams were from Hnífsdalur, Suðureyri, Flateyri, Bolungarvík, and Ísafjörður - totaling around 45 men, 1 woman, 1 rescue dog, 14 snowmobiles, and 10 monster trucks.

The teams were from Hnífsdalur, Suðureyri, Flateyri, Bolungarvík, and Ísafjörður – totaling around 45 men, 1 woman, 1 rescue dog, 14 snowmobiles, and 10 monster trucks. Photo from Charla Basran

The rescue teams were told that we were lost and spend the night up the mountains! Then the team went out in search and found us in less than 2 hours after the “report” went in. They found a bunch of very cold, unresponsive, combative, ridiculously injured, and French speaking kids.

A very cold Claudia and I were strapped to backboards, loaded into a truck. Apparently our acting was convincing!

A ‘very cold’ Claudia and I were strapped to backboards, attended to, and loaded into a truck. Apparently our acting was convincing! Photo from Sigrún María Árnadóttir.

The rescue team did such a good a good job assessing the scene and injuries – ultimately bringing us down safely! I do not recommend getting lost in Iceland (especially in winter)… but if you happen to, then you will be in good hands!

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