Search and Rescue saves two women in British Columbia after using iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via satellite after being stranded in the wilderness.
The Times Colonist reported that two women went missing on their way back to Alberta in December, closing a highway and forcing them to bypass a side road.
The women tried to pass an unplowed road but got stuck in what rescue workers called a “wall of snow.”
The two women were “about 20 kilometers down the road, stuck in the snow, no one knew where they were, no cell phone service.”
iPhone 14 to the rescue
Fortunately, one of the women had a brand new iPhone 14 and used Apple’s best iPhone to call emergency services using the new Emergency SOS feature via satellite. status until shipment.
“We don’t have cell service there, but one of them happened to have a new Apple phone with SOS and had SOS activated,” BC Search and Rescue senior manager Dwight Yochim told the outlet. rice field.
Apple’s call center relayed the message to Northern 911, a Canadian call center, which relayed the information to BC emergency services.
Thanks to GPS location, Robson Valley Search and Rescue was able to identify the woman, pull her vehicle out of a difficult situation, and direct her to her destination. Yochim praised the technology, saying that Apple’s iPhone saved a scenario involving searches that lasted more than a week and spanned hundreds of square kilometers.
Yochim said the feature was a “game changer”, saying that “since we narrowed our search down to their exact location, no search was done and the team actually drove to where they were and managed to save them.” I was able to do it,” he said.
Surprisingly, Yochim said this was the first time, to his knowledge, that the state had used the iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS feature.