Tourist Joins Search Party, Realizes Everyone Was Looking for Her

Alanis Morissette might have a way to describe this

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The beautiful Eldgjá region of southern Iceland, which was the site of small-scale confusion this weekend

Sometimes, what you’re looking for might be right in front of you. In this case, it was even closer.

It all started when an Icelandic bus driver contacted police to initiate a search after a foreign tourist reportedly went missing from her group. The driver described the missing woman as “Asian, about 160cm, in dark clothing and speaks English well,” reported the Reykjavik Grapevine.

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The tour group was driving through Eldgjá, a volcanic region in southern Iceland.

The Iceland Review reported that a coast guard helicopter assigned to search for the lost woman was delayed due to foggy conditions, so the tour group started looking for her on foot.

About 50 people participated, including the woman herself. She later stated that she didn’t recognize the description of herself and unknowingly took part in a literal soul-searching mission.

Part of her confusion is also what caused the snafu. She had changed her clothes and “freshened up” at a stop before getting back on the bus. There was also allegedly a head count error. Similar mistakes have gone very wrong in the past.

The search was called off after the woman contacted the police and clarified the situation.

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10 comments
mike_s123
mike_s123

Must be a slow news day, because this isn't news.

Harvey Wallbanger
Harvey Wallbanger

Herroo 911.. i am cawring becaws peoper is rooking for me but it ok i not missing anymoah

Smartstart
Smartstart

What a nice story and with a HAPPY ending . Great

d albert
d albert

Will she ask for reward money??

sueyue
sueyue

Is it possible that the oft used "Asians all look alike" exacerbated the bus driver's inability to recognize the woman he reported missing?  This was apparently magnified by what one presumes to be the inability to count in sequential numbers up to through 50?  Since Asians make up about 20% of the world's population, it might be an opportune moment to actually notice that we all don't look alike.

mike_s123
mike_s123

Asians only look alike to non-Asians. Similarly, ethnic group X look alike to those outside that group. That's the foundational basis for much of the enmity in the world.

Guest
Guest

Best title I've seen in a while used on the Tweet: "Talk about finding yourself: A tourist in Iceland joined a search party that was looking for her"