Nova Scotia

GPS leads searchers to fisherman

Rescuers zeroed in on a missing fisherman with the help of his cellphone and global positioning system.

Rescuers in Cape Breton zeroed in on a missing fisherman with the help of his cellphone and global positioning system.

The 36-year-old man got lost in the woods in the Broughton Road area Sunday night.

His wife called Cape Breton Regional Police just after 10:30 p.m. She said her husband was in an open pit and would wait for help.

The police dispatcher called the man's cellphone and used the 911 system to get the GPS co-ordinates of the closest cell tower.

"So it gives them at least a bit of a starting point," said Staff Sgt. Max Sehl.

Searchers found the man at 2 a.m. He was tired, cold and hungry, but otherwise fine.

Police said the man helped rescuers find him by staying in one place.

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