A Glendale couple were rescued after crashing into a 300-foot canyon with no cell phone service.
They credit the iPhone 14’s new features and search and rescue services as saving lives.
The LA County Search and Rescue team pulled Chloe Fields and Christian Zelada to safety.
“My first thought was, what is going on? This is not real,” Fields said.
Their car ended up at the bottom of Monkey Canyon in the Angeles National Forest.
They crashed on Tuesday afternoon after losing control of their vehicle on the Angels Forest Highway.
“We were hanging upside down. He was assessing the situation while I was hyperventilating and crying,” Fields said.
After they escaped from the car, they found Fields’ cell phone, but there was no cell phone service.
Luckily for them, she had recently upgraded to an iPhone 14 with an emergency SOS system using collision detection and satellite technology.
“It said ready to call emergency services, so I just swiped,” Fields said.
The LA County search and rescue team received the couple’s coordinates and immediately went into action.
Officials said that without the technology, no one would have seen the two collide and would not have been alerted.
The couple feel lucky to be able to tell their stories with only a few bruises and abrasions.
“When life gives you a second chance, you have to keep moving forward. Realistically, that’s what we got,” Zelada said.
They launched a GoFundMe to help with medical expenses.