iPhone’s Emergency Call Saves Snowboarder’s Life After Falling In Crevasse
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iPhone’s Emergency Call Saves Snowboarder’s Life After Falling In Crevasse

iPhone’s Emergency Call Saves Snowboarder’s Life After Falling In Crevasse

British snowboarder says the Emergency SOS feature on his iPhone saved his life after falling down a crevasse in The Alps. The Emergency SOS feature was first introduced to the Apple Watch in 2016 and is credited for saving many victims. It helped some people to get prompt medical attention, but others reported that it saved them from being physically assaulted.

The Apple Watch has many safety features, which people often credit with saving their lives. The watch saved the life of a 71-year-old woman from Saint Petersburg. It dialed 911 after its fall detection feature alerted her that she had fallen. The clock automatically sent her geolocation information to a 911 dispatcher, allowing paramedics to reach her quickly.

Last month, Tim Blakey, a snowboarder, and personal trainer, were in trouble while riding alone on a glacier close to Zermatt. According to 7 News, Blakey fell 16 feet into a crevasse on one of his downhill runs. He couldn’t climb back up the steep icy cliff. Blakey’s phone also lost battery quickly, and only three percent of its battery was left. Blakey’s location at 10,000ft above sea level reduced cellular connectivity to 3G.

Emergency SOS Feature Worked As Expected

Blakey recalled that he could use the iPhone’s Emergency SOS function to call emergency services. This automatically sends rescuers the victim’s exact location. It worked exactly as promised, and rescuers quickly arrived to free Blakey from the aperture. After being treated for an injury to his ankle, he was taken to the hospital. He then flew back to London that evening. Blakey could have been in serious trouble but for his quick thinking, the efficient Swiss rescue services, and the iPhone’s Emergency SOLO feature.

Blakey posted the story to Instagram and admitted that he was overconfident. He claimed he had been “lured into an false sense of security” by his 17-year snowboarding history and didn’t properly research the snowboarding areas. Blakey thanked all the agencies and people who saved his life, the Swiss Rescue services, and the emergency response team members who saved him. Blakey also remembered to thank Apple for its Emergency SOS feature, which allowed him to contact emergency services even with a low battery and poor mobile connectivity.

 

iPhone’s Emergency Call Saves Snowboarder’s Life After Falling In Crevasse
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