Police say a woman watching the sunset on a webcam spotted a German man lost on the frozen North Sea and probably saved his life by alerting the police.

Police spokeswoman Kristin Stielow said on Wednesday that the man was walking on the ice near St. Peter-Ording in the northernmost part of Germany when he became disoriented. He used a camera to flash for help. That got the attention of a woman hundreds of miles away in southern Germany who was watching the sunset over the sea on her computer.

The woman contacted the police who located the man. Police said the incident happened last week. The man was in his forties and visiting the region.

Ms. Stielow said that he could have easily frozen to death or fallen through the ice.

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