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Coast Guard Helicopters Called Out Three Times in One Afternoon

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Coast Guard Helicopters Called Out Three Times in One Afternoon

Icelandic Coast Guard helicopter

Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

The Icelandic Coast Guard’s helicopters were called out three times in a matter of hours on Wednesday afternoon, mbl.is reports.

The first call came around noon and was in regard to someone who had fallen seriously ill in the village of Ólafsvík on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. One of the Coast Guard’s helicopters was dispatched and dropped the patient off at the hospital ward in Reykjavík a little before 1:00 PM.

At 2:30 PM, emergency services requested that another helicopter be sent for a woman who was had broken her leg at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland, and who would need to be picked up about half an hour away at Skógafoss waterfall.

During this same time, there was a car accident near Úlfljótsvatn lake, about an hour outside of Reykjavík. Although the helicopter flying back from Skógafoss would pass this same area, it was determined that the first helicopter should also be sent directly to the accident. One of the helicopters transported the injured woman to the hospital in Reykjavík. The two individuals were picked up from the scene at 4:35 PM and delivered to the hospital in Reykjavík just before 5:00 PM.

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