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Monday, 21 May, 2001, 02:50 GMT 03:50 UK
Text message saves climber
Mobile phone
The man responded within minutes to the text message
A trapped climber has been saved after receiving a text message on his mobile phone from RAF rescuers asking him to let them know his location.

The 59-year-old man from Cheshire, who has not been named, used the phone to call North Wales Police at 1415BST on Sunday to say he had fallen and had injured his chest and legs.


He was able to tell me where he was and that he could hear the helicopter

Russ Gleeson
RAF Flying Officer
Officers called in RAF helicopter crews to help in the search, but they could not spot the man and when they tried to ring him they were unable to get a signal through.

Instead they sent a text message asking him to contact them and gave him a number to call. An RAF spokesman said the injured climber was on the phone within minutes.

Flying Officer Russ Gleeson told the Daily Mail: "I remembered it was sometimes possible to get through with a message when voice contact was not possible.

Pain

"I sent off a text and gave the climber one of our direct numbers. He was on the line within minutes.

"I could tell he was in pain from his chest injury, but he was able to tell me where he was and that he could hear the helicopter."

He was winched to safety from the Llanberis Pass in Snowdonia and taken to hospital in Bangor, North Wales.

It is thought to be the first time an RAF team has used a text message to carry out a rescue operation.

Texting is now a huge craze and nearly a billion mobile phone text messages were sent in January this year, according to the latest industry figures from the Mobile Data Association.

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