The Apple Watch, known for saving so many lives with its features, has now done it again. The popular smartwatch has now saved the life of a kayaker who was washed out to sea by strong currents off Sydney’s north coast. According to media reports, the man’s life was in danger. The incident could have ended tragically had it not been for the Apple Watch. The SOS emergency call function of the smartwatch helped. The rower was able to use the function to contact the emergency services. The help came at the right time.
According to a report by iMore, the man was adrift almost 4 kilometers offshore. Despite all attempts, he could not return to shore. At that point, he used the Apple Watch’s Emergency SOS feature to call for help.
Upon receiving the request, NSW Police Marine Area Command Surf Lifesaving contacted NSW and rescue helicopter Westpac to begin searching for the kayak and the man rowing it.
Authorities also reportedly contacted lifeguards and the Freshwater Surf Lifesaving Club to help with the search and rescue operation. “The man was lucky [a] connection on his device to make this desperate call for help,” helicopter rescuer Nick Pavlakis was quoted as saying in local reports.
How to enable Apple Watch SOS feature
An Apple Watch has an SOS button that allows users to contact emergency services by pressing the side button for a few seconds. A mobile and activated plan is required to function without the user’s iPhone nearby.
In 2016, Apple’s line of smartwatches became waterproof to provide customers with health and exercise data while swimming and other water sports.