British schoolboy rescued in New Zealand by Falmouth Coastguard
FALMOUTH coastguard helped in a mountainside rescue on the other side of the world on Sunday, thanks to international SOS technology carried by a schoolboy.
The 15-year-old was climbing the 8,000ft Mount Taranaki in New Zealand when he fell and injured his hip.
He activated a handheld Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), which triggered an alarm on an international SOS system. PLBs are similar in size to a mobile phone and send distress calls via satellites to emergency services.
Coastguards in Falmouth received a call from their counterparts 11,000 miles away.
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A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "We are seeing an increasing number of these calls as more and more people are using PLB and other locator devices. All the details are held at Falmouth so even cases on a mountain thousands of miles away come to us."
The maritime service was able to guide a helicopter crew of mountain rescuers to the boy's location and he was airlifted to hospital.