The Apple Watch has saved many lives. It detected heartbeats that were too fast, pointed out heartbeats with erratic rhythms, and helped users survive serious falls. The latest life-saving attempt from the world’s most popular watch (more on that below) happened on the north coast of Sydney, Australia, when a kayaker drifted 4km (about 2 and a half miles) from shore and was unable to paddle back. to coast because of the strong wind.
Apple Watch’s Emergency SOS feature was able to call for help in time to save another life
Fortunately, the man’s Apple Watch was able to connect to a signal that enabled him to activate the Emergency SOS feature. With Emergency SOS, Apple Watch users can call emergency services and let them know their location. If your iPhone isn’t handy, don’t worry. If you’ve connected the timepiece to a known Wi-Fi network and enabled Wi-Fi calling, it can still connect to emergency services even without your phone being present.
The Emergency Services slider on Apple Watch
To call emergency services, press the side button on the Apple Watch below the Digital Crown until the emergency slider appears on the screen. Dragging the slider will immediately start the call or you can hold down the side button which, after a countdown, will automatically call emergency services. When the call ends, all your emergency contacts will receive a text message with your current location unless you choose to cancel.
Arrow shows kayak pushed out to sea. The man who piloted the ship had to rely on his Apple Watch to be rescued
As the kayaker tried to access all the energy his tired body could muster, rescuers finally spotted the kayak. The unnamed victim was placed aboard the helicopter and flown to a sports field where paramedics were waiting. However, the man refused treatment despite signs of fatigue and hypothermia (resulting in a dangerously low body temperature).
The Apple Watch is the world’s most possible timepiece
It was good news everywhere, as a companion who was also in the kayak and swept off the ship was missing. Rescue workers called him and during the call it was discovered that he had already returned to shore.
When Apple first released the watch in 2015, the device was marketed as a fashion accessory with many luxury jewelry stores selling the more expensive versions of the watch. Eventually, the Apple Watch became known for its fitness features. Users started spreading the word about how the Apple Watch detected changes in their heart rate fast enough to call an ambulance or see a doctor.
Many of these stories feature comments from the doctors praising the Apple Watch for saving the lives of these patients. And over the years, the product’s reputation as a lifesaver has continued to grow. And in the last example, the Apple Watch was able to “do its thing” even when worn in the sea.