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Twitter has come to the rescue of a carjacking victim stranded in South Africa.

According to TheNextWebs, the man - forced into the boot of his car by the hijackers in Johannesburg - managed to send his girlfriend a text message.

Lynn Peters then used Twitter to spread the word about her partner's situation and, despite having a modest following, attracted the attention of a user who told police about the location of the stolen vehicle.

Hours later, private rescue teams and security firms tracked down co-ordinates for the car to rescue the trapped man.

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"Be on the look for DSS041GP my boyfriend has just been hijacked and is in the boot please RT," her plea read.

Meanwhile, the informant told The Star newspaper: "I think this does go to show [how] effective a networking tool and in general Twitter actually is.

"This is not the first incident where someone has been rescued, or a vehicle has been retrieved as a direct result of tweeting me and it being RT'ed, and reaching the correct people at the exact moment."

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