A tourist in his fifties was rescued yesterday after falling off a cliff near Goðafoss waterfall, according to the police in North-east Iceland. A large team of search-and-rescue volunteers was called out because when the incident was reported, it was suspected that the man had fallen into the waterfall or Skjálfandafljót river.
The man had been separated from his group who were beginning to get restless. Women who were travelling in the area noticed the man’s bags in the cliffs by the river and the police was notified. It was considered likely that he had fallen into the river so a team of about a hundred search-and-rescue volunteers was mustered. It was soon discovered that the man had fallen into Hansens-gat, a gap in the cliff’s edge and not into the river itself. He landed on solid ground, but the fall is about 8m (26.2ft). He was transported to a hospital in Reykjavík by helicopter with trauma to his head and back. He was wet and cold when he was found after lying where he fell for 75 minutes with decreased consciousness.
The man was travelling in Iceland with his family, who received crisis counselling at the Akureyri hospital.