"Houston, I have a problem..."

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"Houston, I have a problem..."

Postby kylecycler » 7 Feb 2019, 7:34pm

Thought this was quite a heartwarming - and pretty amazing - story (especially as I was cycling up in Wester Ross and Sutherland last summer and couldn't always get a phone signal...):

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... -save-life

A man living without electricity in a forest in the Highlands was airlifted to hospital after his distress call was picked up in the United States.

The man, in his mid-seventies, lives alone in a cabin near Loch Treig, about 13 miles inland from Fort William. His SOS call was picked up on Sunday evening by the International Emergency Response Coordination Center in Houston, Texas, which organises emergency responses globally, and then relayed to the UK coastguard’s national operations centre in Fareham, Hampshire.

Lochaber mountain rescue team posted photographs on Facebook of the man being secured to a stretcher, and said:“LMRT assisted with a med-evac last night for one of the area’s ‘off gridders’ after setting off their PLB [personal locator beacon].” He was taken by helicopter to Belford hospital in Fort William for an urgent medical assessment.

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the man normally activated his PLB in a “check-in” alert mode every Sunday to let family and friends know he was well. However, on Sunday he activated an SOS alert, potentially signifying he needed help.

“Without any other means to get in contact with the man to find out if the SOS was intentional or not, HM Coastguard decided to send the Prestwick coastguard helicopter to the man’s remote Scottish cabin to check if he was OK,” the spokesperson said.

“When the coastguard winchman was winched down and made his way to the man’s cabin they found that he was indeed very ill and needed medical assistance. The helicopter was unable to winch close enough to the man’s cabin so Lochaber mountain rescue team were called in to help move the casualty to a more suitable location for winching.”

Neil Blewett, a UK aeronautical operations centre controller for HM Coastguard, said activation of the beacon and the speed of the satellite technology saved the man’s life.

“What must seem a very long way round for an alert to reach us is actually very quick thanks to the satellite technology that we use.”

He added: “We have since heard that the man is doing well and we wish him a speedy recovery so that he can return home as soon as possible."

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Re: "Houston, I have a problem..."

Postby rjb » 7 Feb 2019, 7:41pm

Reminded me of Tony Hancock, radio ham https://youtu.be/va7XDa2zoLE
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Re: "Houston, I have a problem..."

Postby thirdcrank » 7 Feb 2019, 8:25pm

It reminds me of the French film Si tous les gars du monde which I saw when it came out - 1956 - in the original French so memory a bit vague. It seems it's been released both as Race for Life and If all the Guys in the World.

The members of the crew of a French trawler fishing off Norway are taken ill after eating some dodgy ham. They blame a Moslem crew member Mohamed for their mystery illness because he's the only one unaffected, the reality being he's the only one not to eat pork. The captain manages to send an SOS by short wave radio picked up by an Italian radio ham - no pun intended - in Togo. He sets in chain a series of radio links via other hams and the necessary medication is despatched which involves some covert co-operation between American and Soviet troops in Berlin. Eventually, the medication is dropped by parachute but lands in the sea. (If something can land in the sea.) Anyway, Mohamed dives in and retrieves it and is recognised as a good bloke after all. The trawler returns to its home port to general jubilation about the benefits of international co-operation ....

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049703/pl ... _=tt_ov_pl
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_All_th ... _the_World
http://www.leradioscope.fr/blog/381-si- ... ioamateurs
The song has become a standard for Les Compagnons de la Chanson.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGwHnFUDmww
https://www.lyricsmania.com/si_tous_les ... anson.html

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PS I see the whole film is available on youtube. I may have a trip down memory lane.

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Re: "Houston, I have a problem..."

Postby brynpoeth » 7 Feb 2019, 8:46pm

I thought Mission Control was in Houston Renfrewshire :wink:
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Re: "Houston, I have a problem..."

Postby kylecycler » 7 Feb 2019, 9:08pm

brynpoeth wrote:I thought Mission Control was in Houston Renfrewshire :wink:

Yeah, like the Kremlin is in Moscow, Ayrshire. :D

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Re: "Houston, I have a problem..."

Postby kylecycler » 7 Feb 2019, 9:15pm

thirdcrank wrote:It reminds me of the French film Si tous les gars du monde which I saw when it came out - 1956 - in the original French so memory a bit vague. It seems it's been released both as Race for Life and If all the Guys in the World.

The members of the crew of a French trawler fishing off Norway are taken ill after eating some dodgy ham. They blame a Moslem crew member Mohamed for their mystery illness because he's the only one unaffected, the reality being he's the only one not to eat pork. The captain manages to send an SOS by short wave radio picked up by an Italian radio ham - no pun intended - in Togo. He sets in chain a series of radio links via other hams and the necessary medication is despatched which involves some covert co-operation between American and Soviet troops in Berlin. Eventually, the medication is dropped by parachute but lands in the sea. (If something can land in the sea.) Anyway, Mohamed dives in and retrieves it and is recognised as a good bloke after all. The trawler returns to its home port to general jubilation about the benefits of international co-operation ....

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049703/pl ... _=tt_ov_pl
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_All_th ... _the_World
http://www.leradioscope.fr/blog/381-si- ... ioamateurs
The song has become a standard for Les Compagnons de la Chanson.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGwHnFUDmww
https://www.lyricsmania.com/si_tous_les ... anson.html

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PS I see the whole film is available on youtube. I may have a trip down memory lane.

1956 is the year I was born, but if we keep telling the same metaphor over and over and over again, maybe eventually someone will listen.