Boy rescued from volcanic quicksand in South Iceland

South Iceland police and Search & Rescue workers had to dig a boy out of quicksand yesterday. He was stuck up to his waist and unable to move.

The 8 year-old boy was walking west of the Glisa river when he got stuck and his travelling companions quickly called for assistance and stayed with him. RUV reports that when rescuers arrived 20 minutes later, he had already sunk to his waist. The rescuers laid planks out across the mud and then carefully began digging him out.

Sveinbjorn Mar Birgisson from the local rescue squad said that the area has always been a pond and therefore people did not walk in it; but a thick layer of volcanic ash is now disguising the pond and luring ramblers into danger.