Apple Watch’s SOS feature becomes a lifesaver for a female swimmer who got stuck between rocks in the Columbia River.
Apple Watch has saved many lives on Earth and now there’s a report that says it saved a female swimmer! Yes, again, the Apple Watch has been proven to be a lifesaver. The device has proven to be an ultimate lifeguard lately! The swimmer used the Apple Watch SOS feature to call 911 for rescue. The swimmer was caught in a rock in a chilly river. The woman got stuck in a rock in Oregon, Columbia last week and called 911 using her Apple Watch, after which she was rescued safely. According to a police report in Dalles, Oregon, the woman was nearly exhausted and showed signs of hypothermia when she was rescued. In fact, it was a near-death experience that she survived only thanks to her Apple Watch.
Notably, an Apple Watch comes with an SOS feature that allows users to call emergency services by tapping the side button for a few seconds. However, it must have a cellular and active subscription to work without the user’s iPhone nearby.
As shared by the Independent, the police report says: “Agent Reams assessed the scene and determined that the swimmer’s rescue had to be immediate, and that he could only assist in the rescue by entering the water to feel how the swimmer entrapment occurred because the water was too murky and fast to allow a visible inspection from above.” The report added that Reams entered the water downstream from the swimmer, freeing the swimmer’s trapped foot and carrying her to shore.
Columbia River was reportedly extremely high due to continued rainfall, and there are areas of flooding in the city. The water temperature of the river was 56 degrees (13C) when rescuers reached the scene of the incident.
Apple brought the water resistance feature to its smartwatch lineup in 2016 to provide wearers with health and exercise data while swimming and other water activities.