Trapped tourists call wrong Lisbon police for help

LISBON, Maine (AP) -- Two tourists who became trapped in an elevator accidently called the wrong Lisbon police department for help.

Dispatcher Cathy Roy told WCSH-TV Tuesday she was working at the Lisbon Police Department in Maine a few weeks ago when she received a call from the trapped tourists. The only problem was they were in Lisbon, Portugal.

Roy says the two women had pressed the elevators' emergency button for help. No one answered, so the women searched online for "Lisbon Police" and called the first number listed.

Roy says she stayed on the phone with the women and found the right Lisbon police department to call.

Despite the language barrier, Roy says she was able to direct emergency crews to the women and help them escape.

Lisbon, Maine, according to the town's website, was settled in 1628, and is currently home to 9,009 people.

In case anyone is wondering, the police department that polices the Lisbon, Portugal area is known as the Polícia de Segurança Pública Portuguesa (Portuguese Public Security Police).

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