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Erika Owen
June 01, 2016

Selfies have been known to do much more harm than good—just take all of the people unintentionally killing animals while on the hunt for the perfect Instagram post (more on that here). Let it be known that there was at least one time a situation was bettered all thanks to one selfie. Here's the story: A couple of hikers found themselves in a precarious situation while exploring England's Peak District, specifically the Winnats Pass area of the park. With nowhere to safely go, the hikers reached out to a nearby safety crew for help.

The pair sent the Edale Mountain Rescue Team a selfie that helped the squad locate the distressed hikers. They were also able to nail down their exact location, thanks to some savvy use of WhatsApp—a texting platform where you can also share map coordinates. Good thing the couple wasn't lost on Mount Hua, one of the world's most dangerous places to take a selfie.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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