Sending for Help On Foot

Sending for Help On Foot


You may have no other option than to send someone for help


Sending for Help On Foot 

Sending for Help

 
Before the advent of mobile phones, apart from a whistle or torch, the only means to obtain help was to send someone from your party to summon for assistance. This old fashioned process should be known even these days, as you could find yourself in a situation whereby ‘foot-fetching’ for help is the only method available to you.  This could be for a number of reasons, but likely that a) you don’t have a mobile with you, b) there’s no mobile signal, or c) your phone battery is flat. (Click here for useful tips on how to use your phone in the mountains.)

 
 

Decision

Who do you send for help?  The general advice is that the casualty should never be left alone, but that mainly depends on how many people there are within the group, and the ability of someone within the group to make it to a phone safely. You don’t want a situation where the messenger gets into difficulty meaning that the original emergency message is delayed or never makes it.  If there are at least four people in the group, including the casualty, one person should stay with the casualty and two should go for help.  If you only have three people, the choice really is who goes for help and of course that should be the person with the better skills to make it out in one piece with an accurate message of the situation.