Volunteer firefighter and father of two, Hunter Sanner, was left in a state of despair after a car accident in Ottawa Lake, Michigan in early October, but he was still able to use his Apple Watch and its Emergency SOS feature to call for help quickly.
Sophia Perricone for NBC 24 News:
When the cars were hit, airbags triggered, and Sanner’s phone rang.
Sanner was able to reach the Apple Watch and activate the SOS feature.
“If you hold down the side button, the possibility of an SOS comes up … And what made it was that it sent out a text to Laurel and my family, all my emergency contacts I had designated in the phone … That I was in one in emergency, and it sent them my exact location of where I was, ”said Sanner.
As part of SOS, his bell rang at 911.
First responders appeared in minutes. Hunter’s wife, Laurel, was just behind them.
Now they credit the smartwatch for help quickly, and encourage everyone to buy one and activate the SOS feature immediately.
MacDailyNews Note: When you call with Emergency SOS, the Apple Watch automatically calls the local emergency services and shares your location with them. In some countries and regions, you may need to select the service you need. In mainland China, for example, you can choose police, fire or ambulance. And if you have an Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular), your watch may also call local emergency services when traveling in other countries or regions.
To use Emergency SOS on an Apple Watch that does not have a mobile phone, the iPhone must be nearby. If your iPhone is not nearby, your Apple Watch needs to be connected to a known Wi-Fi network, and you need to set up Wi-Fi calls. More info here.