A random selection of strangely lyrical words, “murky founding spoonfuls”, led emergency services to massive rocks where bushwalker Cornelia Gratzer had broken her leg in two places on a cold and wet day while she was bushwalking on Tasmania’s Flinders Island.
With Ms Gratzer unable to walk or move, a rescue party set off in search of mobile phone coverage to call triple zero. Others huddled around her to keep her warm.
When they finally got a signal, the less-experienced walkers struggled to communicate where they were or remember where the 10-kilometre hike had begun.
Using technology called what3words, which is new to Australia and gives every three square metres on the planet a three-word address, Ambulance Tasmania sent a link to the walkers that allowed them to get their exact location. They then read that location back: murky founding spoonfuls.
Within two hours, Ms Gratzer was rescued.