Posted: Tuesday, October 9th 2012 at 12:22pm
Technology helps rescuers find fisherman in medical trouble
By Dean Dyer/WRWH
CLEVELAND - A cell phone and modern technology were used to help locate a fisherman who suffered multiple bee stings Monday in White County. According to Ana Newberry, White County Fire Department spokeswoman, the initial call came to the non-emergency line around 2:30 p.m.
The caller stated he was on a bike trail in Smithgall Woods fishing and had been stung over 100 times by bees. He also said he was allergic to bees and didn't have a bee sting kit with him. Firefighters and emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the area the caller stated, but could not find him. They sounded their sirens but the victim couldn't hear them.
Dispatchers called the man back and had him call 911. When he did, they were able to Ping, or talk to the cell tower his phone was using, and locate him. It turns out he wasn't in Smithgall Woods, he was at Unicoi State Park.
Rescuers found the man and got him to an ambulance, where he was evaluated and taken to Habersham Medical Center.
"Thank goodness for great dispatchers with state of the art equipment. And, always remember, if you have an emergency, dial 911," Newberry said.
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