Tourist’s Life Saved by His Camera Flash

A German tourist was recently photographing at Sankt Peter-Ording in northern Germany, and ventured onto the frozen sea to capture the sunset. While out on the sea, he became disoriented and couldn’t locate the shore because of the snow. With the air temperature below freezing and the risk of falling through the ice if he took a wrong step, he desperately began to use the flash on his camera to signal for help, hoping someone would somehow notice.

At the same time, a woman hundreds of miles away in southern Germany was watching the sunset on her computer through a live webcam feed of the popular tourist location. She noticed the flashes and contacted police, who then helped the man find his way back to shore by signaling to him with their car headlights.

(via Gizmodo)

Image credit: frozen baltic sea by ezioman

  • Kuyler McComas

    This is the greatest story ever, I'm pretty sure.

  • german

    It was featured in Saturday Night Live by Seth Meyers..

  • Claud Williams


  • smilingbluedog

    This is an amazing story,
    with a happy ending!
    What a lucky guy!

  • carlobal

    Glad he had good batteries.

  • facebook-700913731

    What an idiot.

  • Tracy Abston

    This is a great story!

  • gregbechtol

    Wow! Wonders never cease! Bhagavad Gita has saved me.

  • Janice

    See what technology could do to help us, this is one of the reason why the authorities are not allowing such sight seeing in that kind of weather. I would rather choose to watch a sunset in a beach in Ko Chang ( than risking my life in a freezing weather.

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