Dog and Beacon Save Climbers on Mount Hoodby Mick Ryan Feb/2007
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In the last few days another group of climbers got into trouble after a fall. But due to their cell phones, Global Positioning System gear, beacons and a dog called Velvet, Kate Hanlon, Matty Bryant and a third climber were successfully rescued on Monday after a 500ft fall. Other members of their group immediately made a distress call to the mountain rescue services using mobile phones but the trio still had to spend a very cold night on the mountain when a fierce storm blew in. "The dog probably saved their lives" by lying across them during the cold night, said Erik Brom, a member of the Portland Mountain Rescue team. The rescue of the trio was aided by the activation of a radio transmitter they carried with them.
More details at the CBS news site
UPDATE: In the associated thread to this news item Prana dug out a related news item at CNN.com. "Several Oregon lawmakers want to require climbers to wear electronic locators above 10,000 feet on Mount Hood" You can read the report here at CNN.com.
Could similar legislation or recommendations be introduced in the Scottish mountains in winter especially in the light of the recent tragic deaths in the Cairngorms?