Trapped Couple Rescued After Sending Selfie From Cliffside

'I've got an idea, I'll send you a picture as well'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2016 2:05 PM CDT
Trapped Couple Rescued After Sending Selfie From Cliffside
Winnats Pass, where a couple stuck on a cliff saved themselves with a selfie last week. Photo by Rob Bendall.   (Wikimedia Commons)

We've heard about selfies killing people, but one couple trapped on a cliff in the UK may have actually been saved by one last weekend. Mashable reports an unnamed couple stuck Sunday at Winnats Pass guided the Edale Mountain Rescue Team to them with a selfie. The couple were near the top when they were stopped by a "sheer cliff" above them and "dangerous" terrain below, according to the Derbyshire Times. They were sheltering in a cave when inspiration struck. "They had described the location very well, and then one said: 'I've got an idea, I'll send you a picture as well,'" the rescue team's Steve Rowe tells the BBC.

The selfie sent to the rescue team was taken earlier in the day and showed the cave the couple was currently occupying directly to the left of one of their heads. According to a Facebook post, the photo helped rescuers get to the couple quickly. And Rowe credited the couple's "ingenuity." Rescuers used ropes to get the couple to safety, bringing a happy end to what they say was "possibly our first callout via selfie." (A tourist shattered a historic statue in a "boneheaded" selfie attempt.)

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