London commuter helped save a person from drowning in Regent’s Canal utilizing a free app.
Rachel Littlewood, 38, thought the person was lifeless when she helped pull him from the water and administer CPR through the July heatwave.
Strolling in direction of Camden on her approach residence, she noticed a bunch of individuals in “frantic dialog” and initially thought someone had dropped their cellphone into the canal.
However she shortly realised the scenario and known as 999, quoting their actual location the what3words app.
“He was underwater for about ten minutes as a result of we simply couldn’t discover him,” Rachel mentioned.
“I used to be on the cellphone to the ambulance service but in addition screaming at barge excursions to cease in case they hit the ladies who had been looking for him.
“The truth that I had what3words on my cellphone was so necessary. Each second counted.”
The app has divided the world right into a grid of 3m squares and given every sq. a novel mixture of three phrases, equivalent to “silly-every-calculating” in Rachel’s case.
“I believe I’ll bear in mind these three phrases for the remainder of my life,” she mentioned.
“It made such a distinction to have that bit out the way in which shortly. We lastly managed to drag the person out of the water and actually, I believed he was lifeless.
“He was utterly blue and there have been no indicators of life. We labored in shifts giving him CPR.
“It was a blisteringly scorching day so folks had been getting drained, so the truth that the ambulance arrived as shortly as they did was essential.”
The person, believed to be in his 30s, remained unconscious on the canal aspect as paramedics took over and he was rushed to a London hospital for additional therapy.
In June, a person was rescued from a storm by way of the app, after struggling a suspected damaged ankle on a distant cliff path in Cornwall.
A spokesperson mentioned: “It has been used for all the pieces from reporting fires and rescuing pets to finding callers mid-heart assault with pinpoint accuracy.”