For some people the whole idea of heading to the mountains to go hiking is to get away from it all, but a British woman proved yesterday just how vital carrying a mobile telephone is. 28-year-old Beverly was out hiking with her mother, in her early 50*s, near Pollensa in the Cala Boquer area. But at around 12.30, her mother is believed to have slipped on the harsh terrain and broken her ankle. Beverly used her mobile telephone to call the 122 emergency number and a rescue operation swung into action immediately. Pollensa Local Police, the fire service and a Guardia Civil helicopter were involved in the operation. The area where the accident had happened is best accessed by either air or sea. Beverly managed to guide the search and rescue teams into their location and her mother was found relatively quickly and air lifted to safety before being taken to hospital in Muro where she was treated for her injuries and later discharged. Over recent weeks there have been a number of incidents involving hikers and the rescue authorities can not stress enough the need for people to make sure they are properly prepared and carrying a mobile telephone should anything unexpected happen. Yesterday's rescue operation proved that once the 122 emergency number has been contacted, the rescue services can respond swiftly and efficiently.


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