Fall victim raises alarm - via Australia

Inspector David Shaw
Inspector David Shaw

A disabled man, who had collapsed, was rescued by a woman at the other side of the world after he raised the alarm via a Facebook message.

The 54-year-old man, of Luddenden Foot, had fallen out of his wheelchair on Sunday morning when he was chatting to a woman in Australia via Facebook.

Without a phone, or his emergency call button nearby, the man used social media to get help - with the woman he was messaging calling Calderdale Royal Hospital moments later to alert emergency services.

The nurse who answered immediately contacted the police who tracked him down using the social network and managed to get hold of the victim’s family.

Inspector David Shaw, who leads the Valleys Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “At 9.24am on Sunday, police were made aware of concerns for the safety of a local man by a woman in Australia, who had been in contact with him through Facebook when he’d asked for help after falling.

“Officers confirmed the identity of the man and went to his home address to check on his welfare,” added Insp Shaw.

“When officers arrived the man, who lives in supported accommodation, was found to be fit and well but had initially asked for help after falling and not having his emergency pendant with him.

“In Calderdale we don’t deal with many enquiries from Australia so it was fairly unusual but I’m glad we were able to help.”