Apple Watch saves lives! Again! Apple’s wearable made headlines again when it transformed into a rescuer of a kayaker who was washed out to sea by strong currents off the north coast of Sydney, Australia. The man faced certain death, which would have ended in tragedy had he not been wearing his Apple Watch. The man used the Apple Watch’s SOS emergency call function to call emergency services and asked for help. The kayaker had drifted nearly 4 kilometers offshore and was unable to paddle back to shore due to strong ocean currents. Luckily, he was wearing an Apple Watch, which helped him send a signal for help by activating the Emergency SOS feature. The Apple Watch SOS feature allows users to contact emergency services and also share their locations.
As reported by iMore, the search for the kayak was initiated immediately when the NSW Police Marine Area Command called Surf Lifesaving NSW and the Westpac rescue helicopter. In addition, lifeguards and the Freshwater Surf Lifesaving Club also supported the use of jet skis and inflatable lifeboats, the portal added.
Helicopter rescuer Nick Pavlakis is quoted by local reports as saying: “The man was lucky [a] connection on his device to make that desperate call for help.”
So! This isn’t the first time the Apple Watch has saved a life. Also last week we reported that the watch became the ultimate lifeguard for a swimmer who got caught between rocks in cold river water. She got stuck in rocks while frigid waters rose relentlessly in Oregon, Colombia. She called emergency services with her Apple Watch and was rescued. She was on the verge of exhaustion and showing signs of hypothermia when she was rescued. Also Read: Apple Watch SOS saves the life of a swimmer stuck in cold river waters
The Apple Watch has an SOS feature that allows users to call emergency services by simply tapping the side button for a few seconds. It doesn’t even need an iPhone nearby, but it does need cellular service and an active plan to work.