London, Sept 6 : A British student who fell off her horse and broke her leg in a remote part of eastern Russia was airlifted to safety - after her distress signal was picked up 3,700 miles away by an RAF base in Scotland.
Kimberley Warren, a second year zoology student at Nottingham University, fell off her horse during a research trip in the Kamchatka region in the far east of the country.
She then activated a rescue beacon on the night of September 4 which was detected by satellites monitored by the UK Mission Control Centre, based within the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre at RAF Kinloss in Moray.
The beacon used GPS technology, which gives a very accurate position within five seconds of being activated, allowing RAF Kinloss to raise the alarm and tell Russian emergency services where to find the party of nine.
"They were able to pinpoint the location of the group right down to an area smaller than half a tennis court," Guardian.Co.UK quoted Michael Mulford, from RAF Kinloss, who added that it was "very unusual" for the base to respond to signals so far away, as saying.
After a 12-hour helicopter rescue operation Warren, who had broken her leg, was airlifted to a nearby town with the rest of the group.