Have you heard of the"what3words" app? It is recommended by the emergency services and could help save a life if you find yourself lost and in need of help.
The South Downs Way is a beautiful stretch of countryside to explore on food or by bike but it can also be quite remote in places. A recent incident involving someone who needed help highlights this.
Whilst cycling recently a young man came off his bike and went over the handlebars leaving him concussed on the ground. Two lads witnessed the incident and did the right thing by calling an ambulance with one of them going to meet it while the other stayed with the casualty. Unable to know their exact location the emergency services would have had a challenge to locate them but fortunately Brighton & Hove Rangers discovered the accident and gave the "what3words" location to control who successfully located them.
The first paramedics arrived after a mile long walk from Devils Dyke shortly before their colleagues, who had climbed up the scarp slope from the Shepherd and Dog. Finally two ambulances made it along the South Downs way from Truleigh Hill and by this time the casualty was starting to recover and was able to make it to the ambulance with some assistance.
What is what3words?
what3words has divided the globe into 3m squares and given each one a unique 3 word address. It means everywhere can be located with just three words. For example ///kite.chats.dine will take you to a precise spot in a field next to the River Ouse in York. what3words is available as a free app for iOS and Android and online map at map.what3words.com. You can find out more about what3words here.
Sussex Police use what3words along with around 100 other UK emergency services including fire and rescue and UK coastguards.
Download the "what three words" app. You never know when you might need it.
Thanks Dave Larkin from Brighton & Hove Rangers for sharing your story.