Dozens of tourists trapped on glacier in blizzard

200 emergency personnel worked to rescue a tour group with three Americans on an Icelandic glacier in blizzard conditions.
1:54 | 01/10/20

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the race to rescue dozens of tourists trapped on a glacier in the middle of a blizzard in Iceland, some stuck more than 11 hours. Linsey Davis is here with this incredible story. Good morning. Good morning, Michael. 39 people were on that tour. A blizzard was in the forecast and all but one of the snowmobile tours was cancelled that day and it ended with some fearing for their lives. Reporter: A wild rescue in treacherous conditions. 200 emergency personnel braving a blizzard to rescue a tour group including three Americans on this Icelandic glacier. Barry and his wife Michelle were looking forward to a fun-filled snowmobiing excursion when the wind picked up. It was solid with ice underneath. We kept having to pull the ice from underneath the helmets. Our eyes were icy cold. Reporter: As the blizzard set in, Barry and Michelle became increasingly concerned about Antonio, a teenager in their group. He was drifting in and out of consciousness and he had one hand on the guy's back and one hand on Barry's chest to try and stop the frostbite getting to him. I thought, my god, I'm going to die, but I'm okay. Reporter: The minister of tourism expressed concern about why the company, the mountaineers of Iceland, went forward with the tour despite weather forecasts warning of a severe storm approaching. The manager of operations for the company admitted it was a mistake. The company said a delay in the tour caused them to run into the bad weather. If it wasn't for the Icelandic search and rescue, I think we probably wouldn't be here. The company went on to say that a visit to an ice cave is what caused the group to be delayed on their way up the glacier but aside from some frostbite, fortunately no one was hurt, a far cry from some people who as you heard here feared for their lives. Lucky. Terrifying. Linsey, thank you.

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