Many 911 systems can't track cell callers

MADILL, Okla. (AP) - Marshall County officials say the 911 system around the popular tourism area of Lake Texoma lacks the ability to trace the location of people calling from cell phones.

Communications systems manager Donny Raley in the sheriff's office says a woman recently got lost after running off a road and into a creek bed couldn't tell dispatchers where she was. Raley says it took some time for authorities to narrow down her location and find her.

And Raley says search and rescue teams have to be sent onto the lake to find boating accidents.

Many 911 systems can immediately determine the address of callers using landlines but fewer systems can use cell phone towers to pinpoint the longitude and latitude of cell phone callers.

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