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Smartphone apps warning after 16 hill walkers get lost.

By   Tuesday 14th August 2012.    Find Full article Here:-

Police had to rescue 16 people who got lost in the Scottish Cairngorms after they had relied on smartphone apps to plot their routes.

Cairngorm Mountains

Northern police say they have had to rescue 16 people who relied solely on smartphone apps to navigate the Cairngorms. Photograph: Alamy

Hill walkers have been warned not to use smartphone apps to navigate in the Scottish mountains after the police had to rescue 16 people who got lost in the Cairngorms.

Northern constabulary said the 16 climbers, including one party of 14 people who became lost in fog on Ben Macdui on Monday, had to be taken down by rescuers because they had relied solely on smartphone apps to plot their routes.

The group of 14 were finally taken off the mountain in the early hours of Tuesday morning, after officers from Grampian police, volunteers from the Braemar and Aberdeen mountain rescue teams and search and rescue helicopter from HMS Gannet were also called into action.

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