Published January 13, 2015
A rescue team was sent to a British student who broke her leg while on a research expedition in Russia after a distress signal was picked up 3,700 miles away by a Royal Air Force base in Scotland, The Daily Mail reported.
Twenty-year-old Kimberly Warren, a Nottingham University Biology student, was airlifted to safety after falling off a horse in a remote park in eastern Russia. She was with eight other team members.
The SOS, sent from a 406 beacon in Kamchatka Nature Park, was picked up by a satellite and beamed to RAF Kinloss in Moray, Scotland, the Mail reported.
RAF Corporal Keri Richmond identified the beacon’s owner as an ecology lecturer who was heading a research team in the Russian park.
Richmond, the duty mission controller, immediately contacted her Russian counterpart to raise an alarm, and a helicopter was dispatched and rescue initiated.
Warren is being treated at a hospital in the Russian village of Esso.