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Satnav image directs rescuers

An injured hillwalker in Ireland photographed the screen of his satnav and sent the image by mobile phone to rescuers, who used it to find him.

The 65-year-old hillwalker was near Glendalough, Co Wicklow, on 14 May when he became injured.

With the weather unsuitable for a helicopter - wind, rain, hail and poor visibility - members of the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue and the Dublin/Wickow Mountain Rescue carried the man from the Lugduff Spinc mountain trail on a stretcher for 2 hours.

It appears that the injured man used his phone to take a photo of his GPS screen and attached it to a text message to the rescue services. A spokesman for the rescuers commented 'This is the first time that someone has used this particular method to alert us of their location'.

Details from the Irish Times below.

  • 15 May 2011
  • Irish Branch

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