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  Stranded skier texts mum for help
Updated 07 January 2003, 14.29
The Dolomites
A skier trapped on a freezing Italian mountain saved himself by texting his mum hundreds of miles away in Derbyshire in the UK.

Alexander Smith had been lost for six hours after falling off a ledge 1,500 metres up the Ornella mountain range in the Dolomites.

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With the temperature plunging to minus 10C, the 36-year-old sent a text message to his mother in Matlock pleading for help.

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Alexander, who's from south London, was rescued by police - just as he was walking straight for the edge of the mountain.

His mother, Carol, said: "I didn't even know he had gone skiing!"

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