There is a story I have heard about climbers who confused "take" and "safe" and I am wondering if it has actually happened.
The story goes like this,
The climber is out of sight of the belayer and gets to a hard spot. The climber yells down "TAKE"
"Please pull in as much slack as possible."
However the belayer hears "SAFE" as in ,
"I am at the anchor, please take me off belay."
and so the belayer takes the climber off belay. Then the climber attempts the move and falls and plummets to the ground.
Also the confusion is supposed to be because of the belayer being English/Australian, as the American way of asking to be taken off belay is to yell "OFF BELAY".
This seems plausible, but are there any actual records of this happening?