Monday, June 23, 2008

Saved by the bra


I guess I'll be packing one more item next time I decide to go on a hike into the mountains...

An American hiker stranded in the Bavarian Alps for nearly three days was rescued after using her sports bra as a signal, police in southern Germany said Monday.

Berchtesgaden police officer Lorenz Rasp said that he helped lift 24-year-old Jessica Bruinsma of Colorado to safety by helicopter on Thursday after she attracted the attention of lumberjacks by attaching her sports bra to a cable used to move timber down the mountain.

Rasp said the cable was only within reach because the timber transport system was out of service. When a repairman restored the line on Thursday, the cable car started moving up the mountain and Bruinsma's bra reached the worker at the base. He knew of the missing hiker and immediately called police.

Hopefully she was wearing clean underwear too.

Although, contrary to what moms all over the world would have you believe, I think lumberjacks probably wouldn't care one way or the other.

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