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BlackBerry saves skier's life after he falls down a mountain

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BlackBerry saves skier's life after he falls down a mountain
David Fitzherbert will never complain about the thickness of his BlackBerry handset anymore. It was that little extra bulge that a BlackBerry user gets when he stores the phone in his breast pocket that most likely saved Fitzherbert's life. The 52 year old was skiing down a glacier in the Matterhorn and Monterosa peaks in Switzerland when the snow gave way. The skiier explains that he then ,"...fell down a very deep crevasse. After 70 feet it narrowed and I became stuck like a cork in a bottle between the walls." Luckily for him, the extra width of his BlackBerry was enough to prevent him from passing by the rocks and walls and falling to his death. Amazingly, he remained stuck by his BlackBerry for two hours until help arrived.

David ended up with a broken jaw, smashed teeth, cracked a bone in his chest and nearly tore his nose off. After being rescued by a helicopter rescue team, he was flown to a hospital in Bern where he was treated for hyperthermia and a concussion and had surgery to reattatch his nose. He spent ten days in the hospital, using his BlackBerry to call  his wife in the U.K.

While the specific BlackBerry model was never mentioned, a copyrighted photo of the survivor with his device shows that it was the BlackBerry Bold that saved his life. In comparison, the Bold is .05 inches wider than the BlackBerry Storm and .20 inches wider than a Nokia E71. In this case, every fraction of an inch made the difference between life and death.

source: The Sun (UK) via Crackberry

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:43

1. snakemann (Posts: 50; Member since: 17 Apr 2008)


way to go BOLD...sorry to hear of the accident though...

posted on 30 Jun 2009, 15:36

5. swm4motoQ (unregistered)


a motorola Q would have not only have saved his life, but it would have helped to pay his mortgage, surf the web at lightning fast sppeds, manage his hectic life with its exceptional organizer and plant a 1080 perfectl. (and, might i say, with a much larger bulge!) ROKRoutWyourCOKRout

posted on 30 Jun 2009, 10:27

2. sprntfanboi02 (Posts: 41; Member since: 25 Jun 2009)


yeah right, just another guy looking for his 15 min....that phone didnt do anything to save him

posted on 30 Jun 2009, 16:31

6. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


was it the phone that got him stuck, or did he just not fit?

posted on 30 Jun 2009, 15:17

3. swm4motoQ (unregistered)


"David Fitzherbert will never complain about the thickness of his BlackBerry handset anymore" thats what she said CaptureTHErapture!*!

posted on 30 Jun 2009, 15:27

4. jrg11 (Posts: 65; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)


"It was that little extra bulge that a BlackBerry user gets.." If I had known that all I needed for a little extra bulge was a Blackberry i could have avoided a very painful and costly surgery. It was still worth it though!!!

posted on 30 Jun 2009, 18:46

7. yourmom07 (Posts: 66; Member since: 07 Apr 2009)


IN THAT SPECIFIC SPOT THAT LITTLE OL BB SAVED HIS LIFE LIKE HE COULDN'T JUST GET THAT LIL INCH OF BULGE SOMEWHERE ELSE TO SAVE HIM?? THANK YOU BB BOLD FOR ONLY GIVING HIM a broken jaw, smashed teeth, a cracked bone in his chest and nearly torn off nose. what would he have done without you.

posted on 30 Jun 2009, 20:25

8. Dood (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


Died, apparently

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