SMS for SOS

Sporting Gun - - LETTERS -

> I re­fer to your Shoot­ing An­swers sec­tion in the De­cem­ber is­sue. Un­der the head­ing of Wildfowling (page 60), the ques­tion of safety out on the marshes was raised and the prob­lem caused when you might need to call for help and find there’s no mo­bile phone sig­nal.

Read­ers may be in­ter­ested to learn of the emer­gency SMS (text) ser­vice op­er­ated by the ma­jor mo­bile phone op­er­a­tors. This en­ables mo­bile phone users to reg­is­ter a phone with www.emer­gen­cysms.org.uk, which en­ables text mes­sages to be sent to the emer­gency ser­vices if there is a threat to life or se­ri­ous in­jury, and there is no mo­bile sig­nal.

As a fell walker, I was made aware of this by the moun­tain res­cue teams in Cum­bria, but its use is equally ap­pli­ca­ble in sit­u­a­tions as en­vis­aged by your wildfowling cor­re­spon­dent.

Chris Gale, via email

Ed – Good idea, Chris. Thanks for pass­ing that on.

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