Police say a woman rescued over the weekend after suffering a heat stroke while hiking deep in the woods near Timberlea is probably alive today because there was a cellphone with her.

“Without a doubt,” Halifax RCMP Staff Sgt. Peter Ferguson proclaimed.

The 34-year-old woman had been hiking with her husband on the Rails to Trail for about six hours on Saturday, when police say she suffered a heat stroke and was convulsing on the Hay Marsh Loop trail near Exit 4 on Highway 103.

Paramedics were able to receive her global positioning system co-ordinates after her husband made a distress call from his cellphone, which had GPS on it.

Police say because of the couple’s distance from the highway, which was upwards of 30 kilometres, a Halifax Ground Search and Rescue helicopter was called in to extricate the woman. She was flown to Point Pleasant Park and then taken to hospital by ambulance.

Her injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatning. Police are using this incident as a reminder to hikers if they head out to trails this summer, to bring a cellphone or GPS device with them.

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