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Posted by samzenpus
from the take-my-are-you-in-danger-quiz dept.
definate writes "Two teenage girls (aged 10 and 12) found themselves trapped/lost in a stormwater drain in Adelaide, South Australia. The interesting point of this article that makes it Slashdot worthy, is that although the teenage girls had mobile phones, instead of calling for help using 000 (Australia's 911 number), they decided to notify people through Facebook. My guess is it was something along the lines of 'Jane Doe is like totally trapped in a stormwater drain, really need help, OMG!'. Luckily a young friend of the girls was online at the time and was able to call the proper authorities."

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Trapped Girls Call For Help On Facebook

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:00AM (#29351441)

    The girls were eligible for a Darwin Award and you took it away from them!

  • by wjh31 (1372867) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:01AM (#29351455) Homepage
    get me to australia!
  • Teenagers? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:02AM (#29351467)

    "Two teenage girls (aged 10 and 12)..."

    Teenagers just keep getting younger and younger these days.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      But the real mystery is how they could have gotten lost in a storm drain. Did their parents "accidentally" flush them down the toilet? From the Wikipedia "Most storm sewers are provided with gratings or grids to prevent large objects from falling into the sewer system." It's a mystery that the article conveniently omits.

      • Re:Teenagers? (Score:5, Interesting)

        by jgtg32a (1173373) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:21AM (#29351781)
        Maybe they pulled off the covers?

        When I was a kid on my street there were two storm drains across the street from each other. We turned those things into pill boxes and shot waterguns at passing cars. There was also a pipe between them and we would go from one drain to the other, tons of fun.
        • by dintech (998802) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:45AM (#29352151)

          Want a balloon Georgie? They all float down here!

        • Re:Teenagers? (Score:5, Interesting)

          by Anachragnome (1008495) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @04:13PM (#29357279)

          Boy, that brings back memories.

          When I was a kid, living in San Jose, CA., a friend and I discovered a storm drain that dumped into one of the numerous creeks in the area. It was rather large, large enough for a 12 yr old to walk upright in. It also had no grating on it at all. You could quite simply walk right into it. Being the adventurous kids we were, we did so, only to find that it went so far that we had to go back home and get flashlights in order to go any further. After about 3 hours of wandering around, we found a ladder that led to a small platform (no grues) and a door. An unlocked door. It led to a service room in the Eastridge Shopping Mall, bypassing all security measures the mall had in place. We wandered the mall (it was late at night) for a short time until we realized that there was a patrolling security guard on the premises.

          This was the start of a long and interesting hobby of exploring any dark, and supposedly off-limits, entrances to the underworld. (Feel free to twist that statement to whatever your sick mind wishes...)

      • Re:Teenagers? (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Techman83 (949264) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:46AM (#29352171)
        Older storm water drains in Australia are basically big open drains. In my home town (small country town in Victoria) they are about 5 or 6 metres wide and 2 metres deep, which on a day with heavy rain will fill up completely. I spent many many hours exploring them as a kid. Some areas are underground, but it wasn't too bad, being that it was a small town you could essentially just keep walking and you'd find another open section within a kilometre.
    • "Two teenage girls (aged 10 and 12)..."

      Teenagers just keep getting younger and younger these days.

      They're naught-teen and twain-teen, respectively. Where is the mystery here, gentlemen?

    • Re:Teenagers? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by heritage727 (693099) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:26AM (#29351863)
      Well, you have to be 13 to have a Facebook account. They have Facebook accounts. So they must be 13, and hence teenagers, even if they're only 10 and 12. Seems perfectly clear to me.
      • Insightful? (Score:5, Funny)

        by heritage727 (693099) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @11:43AM (#29353025)

        Well, you have to be 13 to have a Facebook account. They have Facebook accounts. So they must be 13, and hence teenagers, even if they're only 10 and 12. Seems perfectly clear to me.

        I like to be modded up as much as the next person, but Insightful? Jeez, I was trying for Funny.

    • by yancey (136972) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:38AM (#29352037)

      Girls mature faster than boys. :-)

      • by bluefoxlucid (723572) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @11:30AM (#29352815) Journal
        Little girls are deceptive, manipulative, and just a tad bit sexual (remember being 12 and completely naive, and having a 10 year old asking to see your thing? But you were still terrified of girls when you were 15? Yeah...). If by "Mature" you mean "Turn into a glowing pile of pure, radioactive evil," I must concur.
    • by dcollins (135727) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:45AM (#29352149) Homepage

      Overheard in a subway car...

      Friend A: "My god, I can't believe I'm turning 20 tomorrow."

      Friend B: "Yeah, man, double digits, wow."

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by jbezorg (1263978)
      Maybe they just couldn't muster the willpower to say "tween".
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by DriedClexler (814907)

      Oh, tell me about it. I remember the days of Beverly Hills 90210 when some teenagers were 30!

  • by FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:02AM (#29351469) Homepage
    Everyone knows that if you need to call for rescue, you use twitter.
  • by Ukab the Great (87152) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:03AM (#29351479)

    They might have gotten 112,076 "fans of teenage girls trapped in wells."

  • Actually... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by machinelou (1119861) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:03AM (#29351483)
    Actually, my wife was stuck in an elevator once and while her cellphone couldn't maintain a signal well enough to call out, she could text and email.
  • by Sefi915 (580027) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:04AM (#29351489)
    My cell phone, with Sprint as a service, gets less than crappy reception inside my office. However, I have no problems getting and sending text messages quickly.

    So it's not unthinkable to imagine that they had crap for voice reception but had no issues with a web connection, especially given that they were inside a storm drain.

    Oh, and when did a ten-year-old and twelve-year-old become teenagers? (The answer: "not yet".)

  • Darwin (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:05AM (#29351515)

    Darwin at work, foiled by luck.

  • conservative (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TheSHAD0W (258774) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:05AM (#29351527) Homepage

    I will admit, silly as it may sound, contacting rescuers via messaging in a non-critical emergency situation may not be a bad idea. It's more friendly battery-wise, where you may not get a chance to recharge a cell phone (in the sewers, for instance); and it can be less ambiguous than speech and more easily reviewed (although all the OMGs and missing vowels might prove problematic.

    • by westlake (615356)

      I will admit, silly as it may sound, contacting rescuers via messaging in a non-critical emergency situation may not be a bad idea.

      This assumes that the situation will remain stable. That is a big assumption to make - even for an adult. If you are a kid, you dial 911.

    • This has been promoted somewhat - First, in Northern California, if you call 911 from a cell phone you will get forwarded to a central highway patrol dispatch center and immediately placed on hold from 5 to 10 minutes. I've called 911 twice from my cell and both times I was home before I got off hold. This will probably get fixed when the GPS locating mess gets fixed. Meanwhile, you program in as many non-911 local agency numbers as you can.

      Second, as parent pointed out you may be able to text when voice wo

  • Call for help? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by zmooc (33175) <zmooc&zmooc,net> on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:07AM (#29351559) Homepage

    So, what did they post exactly? I really doubt they actually called for help and I doubt even more they wouldn't have called 000 by themselves eventually. It's not like they were dying or something, they were just lost.

  • by DiSKiLLeR (17651) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:18AM (#29351723) Homepage Journal

    Sigh. The stupid stuff people keep asking over and over.

    To me, teenager always meant 10 and up. I don't know. Maybe the definition is different in Australia. (I'm from Adelaide, too, btw, where this took place. Adelaide is a city of just over 1 million people.)

    What were they doing in a storm drain? I don't know, exploring maybe? We've had stories about underground urban exploration on slashdot before, and there's many sites out there on it, such as caveclan. (http://www.caveclan.org/). Their site appears to be down atm but it was about the exploration of tunnels in Melbourne and around Australia.

    And yeah, as others pointed out; perhaps their signal wasn't strong enough to call but they could text or get data.

    • To me, teenager always meant 10 and up. I don't know. Maybe the definition is different in Australia. (I'm from Adelaide, too, btw, where this took place. Adelaide is a city of just over 1 million people.)

      Maybe, because in the U.S. "teenager" refers to 13-19 year olds. 10-12 year olds are sometimes called "tweens" (a bastardization of "between" - out of single digits, but not a teen yet), but never "teenagers".

    • by Chris Mattern (191822) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:35AM (#29351977)

      To me, teenager always meant 10 and up.

      "Or, as we say around here, zeroteen!"

      To me, teenager always meant 13 to 19, because, y'know, those are the numbers that actually have *teen* in them.

      • by Jack9 (11421)

        those are the numbers that actually have *teen* in them.

        So if a child has never been to school, you would also consider them a pre-schooler? Sigh.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by MikeBabcock (65886)

      You're an odd duck, considering the term refers to the word 'teen' in the English word for the age in question. You'll notice that neither "ten" or "twelve" contain the ending that "thirteen" and "eighteen" do.

      It seems fairly obvious to most people that "teen" means 13-19 (even though there's overlap in there with "adult" in some cultures). 'Tween' was invented by some moron to describe the pre-teen adolescent ages of approximately 10-12.

    • What were they doing in a storm drain?

      Clearly they were playing Wolfenstein RPG and decided the sewer system was the only way to reach the castle in time.

    • When I was around their age, my friends and I would explore everything, including storm drains. We never went in far enough to get lost, though. Which was good, because it was way before cell phones. Our best chance for getting help might have been to climb up and wave our hands out of the sewer grate, and that might just have caused a zombie panic...except we didn't have those when I was a kid, either.

    • by 1u3hr (530656)
      to me, teenager always meant 10 and up. I don't know. Maybe the definition is different in Australia.

      No, it's not. I'm Australian too. Teen is thirTEEN to nineTEEN in every English-speaking country. And if you RTFA, that just says "two girls". It was the twat who submitted it who added "teenagers", as well as the idiotic "000 (Australia's 911)" explanation.

    • by jhfry (829244)

      10-12 are "tweens", or more universally a preteen... not yet a teen but in the double digits.

      See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preadolescence#Preteen_and_tween [wikipedia.org] if you believe that Wikipedia is the authority on everything, like I do!

  • by i.r.id10t (595143) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:20AM (#29351775)
    Much like the famous "ballsack conundrum" thread on fark... I'm stuck to my chair. I'm so very scared. Help. (Details In thread) [fark.com] "Need help soonish..."
  • Everyone knows you should use Twitter for that... Duh.... :)

  • by goodEvans (112958) <`ei.atnaltaria' `ta' `snaved'> on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:25AM (#29351849) Homepage

    Moss: Subject: Fire. Dear Sir/Madam, I am writing to inform you of a fire that has broken out on the premises of 123 Cavendon Road... no, that's too formal.
    [deletes text, starts again] Fire - exclamation mark - fire - exclamation mark - help me - exclamation mark. 123 Cavendon Road. Looking forward to hearing from you. Yours truly, Maurice Moss.
    [sigh of relief]

  • No cell signal (Score:3, Interesting)

    by whoda (569082) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:44AM (#29352133) Homepage
    They didn't have a cell signal and were leaching someone's wireles. Sounds good, right?
  • by mckinnsb (984522) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:46AM (#29352161)
    Just yesterday I was stranded after a wedding (it was a good wedding), without a car or cell phone. Let's just say it was a hell of a time. Anyway, long story short, I wake up one morning in a hotel room without any contact information and I have to let my family know where I am - except they all just got a new iPhone, have changed their number, and I have yet to remember it.

    Guess where one of those phone numbers was? Facebook. I found myself a public terminal in the hotel lobby and got all the information I needed to be reuinted with my car, phone, and the road.

    It is actually quite useful.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:49AM (#29352209)

    My stepmother was alone in the house and fell, breaking her tailbone. She managed to painfully drag herself across the room to the phone, which she used not to call 911, but to call a friend of hers from church. When she got that person's machine, she left a message asking her friend to pray for her. She then lay on the floor moaning until my brother happened to stop by the house and discover her several hours later. I never found out whether or not her friend got the message and prayed for her.

    --Posted anonymously because the stupid burns.

  • by 1u3hr (530656) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:53AM (#29352273)
    000 (Australia's 911 number)

    WTF? 000 is Australia's EMERGENCY number. Would you also say "they drive on the left side of the road (Australia's right)"? In China thay use chopsticks (Chinese knives and forks)?".

    There is a point at which explaining by Yankie analogies just makes it more confusing. Try to realise that everyone in the world does not speak English, play baseball, use Fahrenheit.... I'm sure most of the readers here actually can cope with that, and you won't bamboozle the ones who AREN'T American either.

  • by geekmux (1040042) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @10:57AM (#29352349)

    ...apparently everyone on the Internet can hear you when you scream.

    Oh, and everyone will eventually find those naked pics too.

  • There may have been one very good reason for using Facebook: bandwidth.

    The girls may not have been able to get a enough bandwidth to make a voice call, but easily enough for an SMS or other message type. Voice has to be real-time and uses several kilobytes of data transfer per second. Data can take all day to send a 1k message to Facebook, Twitter, ect...

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