Stranded Tourist Saved via Webcam
Some people would see God’s hand in it. Others would say it was a matter of coincidence. Technologists, on the other hand, would chime in saying that the case of a stranded German sun-set watcher proves that gadgets can save lives.
The man who, had traveled to St. Peter-Ording — a popular tourist attraction on the North Sea — was attempting capture the splendor of a sunset on the beach. Captivated by the beauty of the setting sun on the frozen sea, the man had walked on the ice to take some photographs.
However, as darkness fell, he became disoriented, unsure of his whereabouts and could not find his way back to the shore. This can be a harrowing experience as when the sun sets and darkness envelops the beach, it becomes extremely difficult to orient oneself and find shore
With the flash from his camera in hand, the stranded photographer repeatedly set off his flash in hopes of someone seeing the light. Luckily enough, someone did.
In southern Germany, hundreds of miles away, a woman was watching the sunset on the popular North Sea beach via a webcam feed from the tourism board's website. She just so happened to see the flashing light from the wayward tourist, and immediately contacted authorities. Local police sprung into action and found the traveler, directing him to safety.
Without timely help the man would have frozen to death in the subzero temperature.
This connection between the traveler and the website visitor begs the question as to whether or not this is merely a coincidence, some sort of divine intervention or proof positive that technology, at times, can save lives.