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Injured Climber Uses Cellphone

May 21, 2001

LONDON (AP) _ An injured climber stranded on a Welsh mountain on Sunday used his cellular telephone to reach police, and his air force rescuers sent back a text message to locate him, police said.

The 59-year-old man, who was not identified by police, was climbing in the mountains of Snowdonia in northwestern Wales when he fell several hundred feet in the Llanberis Pass.

North Wales Police said they received a call at 2:15 p.m. from the man on his cellphone saying he had crushed his chest and injured his legs.

A Royal Air Force spokesman said rescuers in a helicopter could not find the man at first, and when they tried to reach him on his telephone the signal could not get through.

A text message was sent to the man, telling him to call the air force control center, which used his return call to guide the helicopter to his location, the air force said.

He was airlifted to safety and taken to hospital in Bangor, North Wales.

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