Earlier this month, the Apple iPhone’s Emergency SOS system saved a stranded man in Alaska. The satellite feature was very useful for a couple in California whose car fell off a cliff in an area with no cell phone coverage. The couple were driving on his highway in Angeles Forest in the Crescenta Valley when the accident happened. If I hadn’t been able to access the SOS system, I don’t know when I would have been discovered. Here’s what happened to the couple.
stranded in the canyon
The couple were driving down the Angels Forest Highway when their car swerved off the side of the road and went 300 feet down a canyon. A man and a woman in their 20s got out of the car with minor to moderate injuries, but were stranded in a remote location without cell phone signal. Without cell phone service, they might have faced serious problems.
Luckily one of the pair had an iPhone 14. This has an emergency satellite option for those in need. It could have saved their lives. “At about 1:55pm today, @CVLASD received a call from Apple Emergency Satellite Services.” murmured Montrose Search and Rescue Team (Ca.) “An informant and another victim were involved in a single vehicle accident on the Angels Forest Highway near Mile Marker 18.87, Angels Forest.”
no cell signal
Search and Rescue confirmed that there was no cellular service where the car had gone off the road. “Their car was about 300 feet off the mountainside. They were in a remote canyon with no cell phone service. The victims were able to escape from the car.”
Apple’s satellite service was able to pinpoint the couple’s whereabouts to Search and Rescue. “They were able to use the iPhone 14’s emergency satellite service to communicate by text with the relay center. We contacted Rescue 5. The call center gave us the victim’s exact latitude and longitude.”
Success with Apple
The two were transported to safety by a rescue helicopter. “Air Rescue 5 was able to locate the victim and deploy paramedics. Paramedics learned that the patient, a man and woman in their 20s, had minor to moderate injuries. A helicopter was able to lift the victims out of the canyon and transport them to a local hospital.”