*Wow, one teen is thanking his lucky stars today…or maybe he is just thanking Facebook, and the help of a quick thinking friend and his mom.
He’s still in shock, but he’s alive.
As it turns out, the dinghy that the 18-year-old was sailing in off the Cornish Coast in the UK, capsized. But when he realized he couldn’t make a phone call – before the boat got too wet, he managed to post a frantic SOS message on Facebook on his phone.
He managed to send a message to his Facebook page saying he was stranded. That was spotted by a friend and his mum was able to call the coastguard.
The rescue crew was scrambled from Fowey to an area near Mevagissey. By the time he was picked up he was a mile off shore and had been treading water for two hours.
“We saw what we thought was a lobster pot marker buoy and put the light on to it, and it started waving at us. We thought happy days, we’ve located our casualty. When he saw us going past I’ve never seen somebody wave so frantically as he did.”
– Tim Stables, Fowey RNLI Crew
Tim Stables and Christian Philp was packing up for the night when they got the call, which RNLI says is an unusual method of being called in.
We do get called to various people who’ve used a mobile phone, GPS or a VHF radio, but to actually have somebody post on Facebook is very unusual, a first for me certainly.
– Christian Philp, RNLI Crew member
The teen stayed in the hospital for observation overnight. Though still somewhat traumatized about the event, he is said to be recovering from the shock.