This generation has seen its fair share of selfies. With selfies taking over the internet, capturing the infamous photos can sometimes put one’s life at risk, especially under unbelievable circumstances. However, we might start to think a little differently after hearing how one self-portrait saved a couple’s lives.
A couple exploring England’s Peak District found themselves stranded on a ledge high up in the Winnats Pass area of the park on May 29. They became stranded after they climbed a steep bank near the pass, which is a cave-filled valley. Without help nearby, they turned to technology.
Edale Mountain Rescue Team received a selfie that helped them located the stranded hikers. In addition to the selfie, WhatsApp, a texting platform where you can share map coordinates, aided the rescue team to pinpoint exactly where the hikers were.
“Quite a lot of people get into trouble because they rely on technology,” duty leader Steve Rowe informed BBC. “but this couple were able to use their mobile phone and photos for their benefit so it was a good result.”
This time, a selfie saved the day.
Lauren Spiler is a freelance journalist based in Athens, Georgia, but most call her Spiler.