Thanks to iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via Satellite service, a hiker got rescued and got the medical attention she needed.
According to ACB7, Juana Reyes was hiking in a remote part of Trail Canyon Falls in the Angelos National Forest with her friends when the trail collapsed and the sudden fall broke her leg so she was not able to hike out.
In an interview, she said that they tried calling 911 but were unable to reach emergency services because there was no service in the area. Fortunately, Reyes iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS via Satellite connected her to 911 automatically even when she did not know how to use the service.
“We tried to get a hold of 911 but there was no service on our phones,” said Reyes in an interview with Eyewitness News. “Thankfully, my phone has that SOS satellite feature that was able to connect to… I’m assuming satellites.”
A first responder Tweeted:
— Mike Leum (@Resqman) June 24, 2023
Since its launch in November 2022, the Emergency SOS via Satellite service has saved many lives. Previously, saved the life of a man who was stranded in the Bucolic area, Alaska.
Emergency SOS via Satellite service on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro
In partnership wtih Globalstar, Apple launched another safety feature Emergency SOS via Satellite in iPhone 14 series in 2022.
The service allows users to contact emergency services in areas with no cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. They need to be under the sky for the smartphone to connect to a satellite and follow the on-screen instructions to communicate important information to the emergency services like location, latitude, and nature of the emergency.
The feature also shared the user’s Medical ID with emergency services if it is added to the Health app and notifies their emergency contacts.
Emergency SOS via Satellite availability and cost
The SOS via satellite service is available across iPhone 14 series for free for 2 years in the following regions:
- The U.S.
- The U.K.