Facebook saves a life

19th Sep 2012
Written by: Monica Stott

Facebook saves a life

Facebook campaign saves a man trapped in the Swiss Alps

A British paraglider was saved from death yesterday by a Facebook campaign after he was trapped in a freezing glacial gorge in the Swiss Alps.

Daniel Hunt, 33, from London, was speed flying – a cross between skiing and paragliding – on Saturday when he failed land.

After just one day of searching, Dan’s insurance company refused to pay out for further searching. His friends were undeterred and launched a Facebook page, Find Dan Hunt, to raise the funds required to find him.

Within hours of launching the page, money was rolling in to provide a helicopter, a dog team, and canyoning experts to help find Dan and it was four days before he was discovered.

Dan Hunt was saved after four days trapped in a freezing glacier

Dan was eventually found alive and well in a cave at the bottom of a gorge.

“He is in good spirits and is overwhelmingly fine”, said Nadeem Al-Khafaji, a close friend of Dan’s and one of the rescuers.

Dan and his family were amazed by the support of his friends and the Facebook community. “I am so grateful, touched, and humbled by all the help… thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said Dan.

Lisa Carnie, one of the co-ordinators of the Facebook page said: “Without social media, we would not have had access to the vast resources we needed to find him.”

The Facebook campaign not only kept everyone up-to-date with the search but also raised an amazing £16,571 in five days.

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