Iceland search crews have rescued more than three dozen snowmobiling
tourists from a large glacier, after they became trapped during a
snowstorm, authorities said.
Thirty-nine in the snowmobiling group were on the Langjokull glacier
Tuesday when the storm abruptly moved in. Weather officials, however,
said storm warnings were issued for the area before the snowmobile group
Hundreds of rescuers and dozens of vehicles were dispatched to the
glacier to search for the group, officials said. Despite blizzard
conditions, they were ultimately located. All 39 tourists were taken to
safety early Wednesday morning.
Authorities said one woman was hospitalized due to frostbite.
Icelandic Met Office meteorologist Elin Bjork Jonasdottir said the
Mountaineers of Iceland tour company should have been aware of the
dangerous conditions. Numerous flights and bus services were canceled
because of the inclement weather.
Mountaineers of Iceland tour guide Olafur Tryggvason said the company is "looking into the issue."
An Australian couple sued the company in January, saying it abandoned
them on the Langjokull glacier, Iceland's second-largest ice cap, for
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