Fit­ness app saves life of pen­sioner lost on moors

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Daily Tele­graph Re­porter

AN “ex­cep­tion­ally lucky” pen­sioner was saved from freez­ing to death by a fit­ness app on his smart­phone af­ter fall­ing dur­ing a moor­land hike.

Stephen Wright, 70, fell down a hole while walk­ing on Ha­worth Moors, West Yorks, and lay there for 18 hours with a bro­ken arm un­til res­cuers were able to track him down.

He had been able to make a phone call to tell his wife he was lost be­fore the bat­tery on his phone ran out on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Res­cuers were only able to find him the fol­low­ing morn­ing as they were able to es­tab­lish his last known po­si­tion reg­is­tered via the app’s GPS.

His wife, Ju­dith, 71, paid trib­ute to the emer­gency ser­vices.

She said: “I called 999 and they took it se­ri­ously straight away. He was nowhere near where he was sup­posed to be. I don’t yet know ex­actly where he was found, but I heard it was some­where to­wards Traw­den. It was the coast­guard he­li­copter that found him.

“He’s had a heart at­tack be­fore so he takes heart medicine and his med­i­ca­tion was over­due.

“I want to say thank you to ev­ery­one in­volved in find­ing my hus­band.”

Mrs Wright, who lives in Heaton, near Brad­ford, with her hus­band and their 38-year-old son, said Stephen was a keen walker who went out most days.

Af­ter he was found Mr Wright was taken to hos­pi­tal, but was fit enough to re­turn home the same day.

Pc Sam Hollings wrote on Twit­ter that Mr Wright had been ex­cep­tion­ally lucky as the lo­ca­tion ser­vices on his phone were mostly switched off, ex­cept for one app.

He said: “For­tu­nately he had a fit­ness app run­ning when his phone ran out of bat­tery. It was dig­i­tal me­dia in­ves­ti­ga­tion at its best.”

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