Poor Call Quality Walker Rescued


Poor Call Quality Walker Rescued


18/02/13 Poor call quality but walker gets emergency message across and is rescued

Poor Call Quality Walker Rescued



A walker has been rescued from Ben Vorlich in Perthshire following a poor quality 999 call...

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/perth-kinross/perth-man-rescued-from-mountain-despite-garbled-message-1.69696


Comment

This walker was lucky that he managed to squeeze through a call, and his message was sufficiently undertood, but the situation would have been different for him given a further loss of mobile phone signal. Walking in the Highlands and other remote places presents the real possibility that there will be no mobile phone signal, due to mountain topography and absence of network masts. Mobile signal may be ubiquitous in urban areas, but not so in the hills. This is something that you need to factor into your emergency procedure planning, particularly if walking alone. When walking in remote areas, consideration should be given to alternative emergency communication methods, with the minimum being to have registered to send a text (SMS) to 999 - aka emergency SMS.


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