Couple saved by selfie after sending mountain rescue team picture of themselves

Edale Mountain Rescue
Winnats Pass

A young couple were saved from a mountainside after sending a selfie to emergency crews

The two 20-somethings had scrambled up a steep bank near the top of Winnats Pass, Derbyshire, before getting stuck. A young couple that got stuck on a cliffside in the Peak District were rescued after sending a selfie to emergency crews.

But the quick-thinking twosome were saved on Sunday after sending rescue staff a selfie they had taken earlier on that day.

And Edale Mountain Rescue said it was the first-ever “selfie rescue” they had seen.

Duty leader and medical officer Steve Rowe said six members of the team were sent to rescue the uninjured pair.

He told the BBC: “They had described the location very well, and then one said: ‘I’ve got an idea, I’ll send you a picture as well’, saying they were in a shadow cave in the background of the picture.

Edale Mountain Rescue

Edale Mountain Rescue said it was the team’s first ever selfie rescue

“They had also sent a Whatsapp message with the location so that allowed us to get straight to where we needed to be.”

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A statement on the team’s Facebook page said: “The stuck couple had the presence of mind to send an earlier picture they had taken to the duty leader, as the position they were stuck in could be clearly seen in their earlier selfie.

“This allowed the team to access their position rapidly.”

Mr Rowe said the team has a system where staff can text a missing person and then they can click on a link which gives their location.

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But he said this was the first time in 15 years they had rescue someone using a selfie.

He added: “Quite a lot of people get into trouble because they rely on technology, but this couple were able to use their mobile phone and photos for their benefit so it was a good result.”