Islander Urges Walkers To Carry Mobile Phone Following Incident

terry parsons

Terry Parsons

A St Mary’s man has urged all islanders to take a mobile phone whenever they walk around the islands. Terry Parsons says he’s changed his opinion on carrying one following an incident before Christmas.

He was walking his dog on The Garrison when he came across a woman who had fallen and badly hurt her ankle. Terry says that she had been on the ground for over an hour, unable to walk on.

He found the injured walker purely by chance after altering his route to pass the pottery in order to avoid mud on the higher walk.

Terry says he’s had his phone with him on every walk since the accident.

Mr Parsons says that the paramedics responded swiftly and professionally when they were called. And he says the attention and care that they offered the patient on site and as they took her to the ambulance on a chair is, “beyond praise and should be saluted.”



5 Responses to Islander Urges Walkers To Carry Mobile Phone Following Incident

  1. Nanny Ogg January 7, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Steve, Sam – I’m on Vodafone which has pretty good coverage on St Mary’s, in fact all the way around the garrison, sometimes it dips out around Holy Vale, but not often. Sam it could be your phone or if lots of people are using a mobile you may lose your signal. I don’t know whether our wonderful BT Openreach resident (not BT – separate company) would like to comment? Aren’t we going to get 4G at some stage?

    • Soutie January 7, 2016 at 10:06 am

      I stupidly bet my survival kit that 4G would come to Scilly in 2015, and every day I worry about leaving the house without the orange whistle, fishing hooks and waterproof matches that kept me safe all these years.

  2. Steve January 6, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    O2 has pretty lousy coverage too. I’m thinking of changing networks and have heard that EE has the best coverage on St Mary’s. Any advice on network coverage would be very helpful

  3. sam January 6, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    You’re going to have to improve mobile signal coverage for this to be truly valuable.
    Huge swathes of Scilly are mobile phone dead spots. In fact, as a Vodafone user, I can tell you that parts of the Garrison are mobile dead zones.
    Hopefully the council will look into erecting small, discreet, relay stations on the smaller islands

    • Uriah Heep January 6, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      They would have to be consultant designed, poorly engineered, badly sited, ineffectual and over budget for the council to be involved.