Two emergency calls to the Coast Guard

TF-GNÁ is the name of the Coast Guard's rescue helicopter.

TF-GNÁ is the name of the Coast Guard's rescue helicopter. Morgunblaðið/Sigurður Bogi

Yesterday the Coast Guard helicopter was called out twice. The first emergency call was because of tourists who were exhausted hiking in Trölladyngja near Vatnajökull in the South of Iceland.

Ásgeir Erlendsson, who is the information officer for the Coast Guard informed mbl.is that the former emergency called came around noon. The tourists in Trölldyngja had an emergency transmitter with them which made it easier to find them. An hour after the Coast Guard got the call the tourists were being picked up a little north of Trölladyngja and they were transported to Reykjavik.

Esja is the mountain you can see from most areas …

Esja is the mountain you can see from most areas in Reykjavik.

The second call to the Coast Guard was because of an injured hiker in Esja . The Coast Guard had just delivered the tourists to Reykjavik when the second call came after 14:00 PM. When the helicopter arrived in Esja, paramedics were already on the scene, but they thought safer to get the Coast Guard in order to move the injured man to a hospital.

Erlendsson did not have any information regarding the injuries of the hiker in Esja.

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