Mountain biker crashes; cell phone aids rescuers

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(Source: Phoenix Fire Department) (Source: Phoenix Fire Department)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A mountain biker who crashed on a trail was rescued after crews used coordinates from her cell phone to find her.

The 35-year-old woman was biking near the Badger Brawl Trail near Carefree Highway and Black Mountain Parkway in North Phoenix over the weekend when the accident occurred.  

She used her cell phone to call for help. Rescue crews were able to locate her by “triangulating the coordinates of her cell phone,” according to a technical rescue team from the Phoenix Fire Department.

Rescuers were able to hike to her location and brought her to an ambulance.

“Because of the cell phone, rescue crews were able to reach her quickly - without the use of an overhead patrol by helicopter - simply by using the coordinates obtained from the cell phone,” the team said. “Since the terrain was relatively flat, it made the rescue operation much faster and more efficient for rescuers."

[Google map: Carefree Highway & Black Mountain Parkway]

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