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Feb 26, 2015 2:15 PM

Chief: Cell phone saved teens lost on mountain


NEWBURY - Four teenagers who were lost for hours after skiing on an unmarked trail at Mount Sunapee Resort, were saved by a cell phone, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded after the lifts stopped running around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and the teens had not returned to the base of the mountain.

The teens called for help and GPS helped narrow the search area, Newbury Fire Chief Henry Thomas said.

Crews began preparing for a wilderness search, but the teens were spotted by the resort ski patrol who drove them to safety on a snowmobile.

Thomas said it's a reminder to always carry a cell phone in this weather, even when doing snow removal at your own home.

"If you're out working in your yard, carry your cell phone with you. If you go for a walk or a jog, take your cell phone with you. If you leave without it, go back and get it. You can either save yourself or another person by notifying 911 immediately," Thomas said.

Thomas said in the case of the Peterborough man who was trapped for hours in heavy snow, a cell phone may have helped him to be located sooner.


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