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wicklore
2011-05-14 07:22:46
Re: Man rescued from the Spinc
A very interesting account by the Rescue Services on how a casualty in Wicklow used his phone to help his rescuers locate him. It reminded me of a story I read last year on the Kerry Mountain Rescue website which I've copied below. No doubt the increase in mobile phone technology which means just about everyone has a camera and/or gps on their phone means this will feature more and more in mountain Rescues

Mobile phone camera used to locate casualties! (from Kerry Mountain Rescue Website)

On 30th July, a party had become severely disorientated in mist and were unsure of their position when a party member broke her leg on steep ground. In a 'first' for the Team, the party were asked to photograph the view during a brief clearance and send the photograph to the Team co-ordinator's mobile phone as an MMS message.

As a direct result of this it was not only possible to ascertain that they were in the Curraghmore area, but by aligning features in the photograph it was also possible to calculate a bearing that the casualties were on and to estimate their position along this bearing.

Using this information the party were successfully located and the casualty was stretcher-lowered to a point below the mist from where she was evacuated by Coast Guard helicopter.

We believe this method of use of mobile phone technology to locate a party may be a first in Ireland, and certainly anticipate doing it again in the future, in addition to using camera flashes at night etc. as we have done several times in the past.


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