A feature in Apple Inc.’s AAPL iPhone 14 is credited with helping a rescue team find two people stranded 300 feet in a remote canyon with zero cell service in the Angeles National Forest.
What Happened: Crescenta Valley station received an Apple's Emergency SOS Via Satellite alert about a vehicle accident in the Angeles National Forest. A car with two passengers had gone off the side of the road and into a canyon.
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The male and female passengers, both in their 20s, were rescued and just had mild to moderate injuries.
A Twitter thread by the Montrose Search and Rescue Team described the entire mission.
Rescue 5 was able to locate the victims and insert a paramedic. The paramedic learned the patients, a male and female in their 20s, had mild to moderate injuries. The helicopter was able to hoist the victims out of the canyon and transport them to a local area hospital.#LASD— Montrose Search & Rescue Team (Ca.) (@MontroseSAR) December 14, 2022
Why It’s Important: This isn’t the first time Apple’s new Emergency SOS via Satellite feature or other Apple products contributed to saving someone’s life.
In the first week of December, a man stranded in a remote area of Alaska used his iPhone 14 to contact emergency services.
Last month, Apple Watch Series 7 saved the life of a 17-year-old teenager from India who fell into a 150-foot valley.
Available on iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, the Emergency SOS via satellite feature allows users to send SOS to emergency services in the absence of cellular and WiFi coverage.
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