Nfld. & Labrador

Cellphone likely saved lost snowmobiler's life, says RCMP

Police are crediting the use of a mobile phone for likely saving the life of a missing snowmobiler from Port Blandford.
The RCMP says a lost snowmobiler was able to use his cell phone to call for help, a move which likely saved his life. (Geoff Bartlett/CBC)

RCMP in Clarenville is crediting the use of a cell phone for likely saving the life of a snowmobiler who was missing overnight.

The missing snowmobiler was from Port Blandford, a community in eastern Newfoundland. (Google Maps)

The 45-year-old Port Blandford man left a cabin around 11 p.m. on Sunday but failed to arrive at his destination.

Police said his machine got stuck and he became lost.

RCMP called the local Triple Bay Search and Rescue team for help, and the man was found around 5 a.m. Monday.

He was treated in hospital for hypothermia, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Police said searchers were able to stay in contact with the man throughout the night, thanks to his cellphone.



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