Lots have been said about boon and bane of social media apps. While some cannot digest the superficial nature of Snapchat, there are others who use this app with total gusto. Often the use of the app is considered unnecessary. However, once in a while there comes a story that makes us realize one crucial point – technology is all about how we use it. Yes, something similar happened when a boy used Snapchat to save lives.
Wondering what happened? Residents of UK, Gemma Fairweather and her 7-year-old daughter Martha got into an accident. Their car spun off the county road at night and the duo was trapped inside the crashed car.
Gemma Fairweather acted quickly and called her boyfriend Graham Potts. He then alerted the emergency services who soon reached the locality. However, the problem started when they were unable to pinpoint the exact location. The crashed car was hard to find as it was in a low-lying ditch that almost made it impossible to detect.
That is when Gemma’s boyfriend Graham’s son came to rescue. 15-year-old Sam quickly realized that he could trace them using the newly introduced Snap Map tool on Snapchat. Soon he was able to give the exact location to the authorities. Thanks to Sam and Snapchat, Gemma and her daughter were quickly recovered.
Later in an interview, Gemma recalled the incident and this is what she said:
‘They couldn’t find us. We were down in the ditch out of sight and everybody kept driving past us because it was so dark. The window was smashed and her door was jammed — so we just didn’t move. It was scary but if we had moved, it could have been a lot worse.’
Hence, she decided to wait in pitch black until proper helped arrived. Though it took 20 minutes for the emergency services to find them, there is no denying the fact that it must have been absolutely terrifying for the lady and her daughter. Thankfully, the mother-daughter duo escaped with light cuts and bruises.
She further took to Facebook to inform about the accident and thank those who helped her get out of the mess. She also extended special thanks to her boyfriend Graham Potts and his son Sam.
For the uninitiated, Snapchat’s Snap Map feature uses GPS signals to locate people who are using the app on a worldwide scale. By turning on the Snap mode one can add their location. Similarly, to turn this feature off there is a ghost mode too.