Apple Watch saves man's life who fell through ice sheet

Apple Watch saves man's life who fell through ice sheet on frozen river

Apple Watch is currently the most advanced smart wearable money can buy in the industry. It offers a state-of-the-art heart rate sensor in addition to accurate fall detection, which has saved hundreds of lives old and young over the years with timely alerts. With the LTE and e-SIM capabilities, Apple Watch has the capability to send out SOS emergencies to respective regional security agencies and also to contacts seeking urgent help.

In a related development, a New Hampshire man, a tech school teacher William Rogers is a long-time ice skating enthusiast. Like previous times, Rogers was skating on a partially frozen Salmon Falls river in Somersworth, but the solid ice surface gave away. 

"It was just that terrible feeling. Oh my God. I'm going into the water. The first thing I did was try to walrus up on the ice knowing that I need to get out of the water as quickly as possible and the ice just kept breaking underneath me. I remember telling myself, OK, don't panic. Don't panic. Figure out what your options are here" William Rogers said to WMUR, a local TV news channel.

At that time, nobody was around and he couldn't reach his phone. Then, Roger got to his Apple Watch and long-pressed to activate the emergency response system. He was directly connected to the 991 civil service contact centre and got the message delivered to the local Somersworth firefighting police agency for help.

Finally, help came in and Rogers was successfully rescued. However, Police Chief George Kramlinger warned people not to venture on ice skating on frozen water bodies during this time of the year. The winter has ended and spring kick starts thawing of ice giving way for the summer.

Apple Watch Emergency SOS feature. Credit: Apple

Here's how to use the emergency SOS feature on Apple Watch
Step 1: Press and hold the side button on your watch until the Emergency SOS slider appears
Step 2: Continue to hold down the side button. Wait for a countdown to begin and an alert to sound. You can also drag the Emergency SOS slider
Step 3: When the countdown ends, your watch automatically calls emergency services

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It should be noted that after the call ends, Apple Watch sends the user's emergency contacts a text message with the current location unless he/she chooses to cancel. If Location Services is off, it will temporarily turn on. If the location changes, all the contacts will get an update, and the owner gets a notification about 10 minutes later. 

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