Who said Twitter can’t save a life. From USA Today:
Fazzina, 36, had gotten lost in a 300-acre Connecticut wood while competing in a mini-triathlon last Tuesday. She says she was racing downhill, trying to locate the main biking trail and rejoin her race, when her front wheel hit some tree roots.
After a painful landing in the dirt, Fazzina — bloodied, panicking and unable to walk — knew she needed help.
But the amateur Philadelphia cyclist, who was in Connecticut to visit relatives, had no idea where she was. She tried screaming for help. But the other mountain bikers, including a cousin who entered the race with her, were too far away to hear.
Fazzina says she tried calling another cousin on her cellphone but couldn’t connect. Desperate, Fazzina tried Twitter, the social networking site, on which more than 1,000 “followers” had signed up to receive her tweets.
“I’ve had a serious injury and NEED Help!” she typed. “Can someone please call Winding Trails in Farmington, CT tell them I’m stuck bike crash in woods.”
Unlike some stories, I buy this. Frequently I can send and receive tweets even if I cannot connect a call. Unlike some stories.