Oregon woman saves swimming friend with Apple Watch

That’s what happened in Oregon last week when first responders were able to rescue a trapped swimmer who called 911 from her Apple Watch. Apple Watch has been an excellent swim tracker since gaining stronger water resistance and aquatic workouts with Series 2 – the device has since evolved into a must-have swimming companion and lifeguard of sorts. “The swimmer advised that she had been caught in the river for over 30 minutes, and that she had made the emergency call from her Apple watch,” the report says. A woman swimming in the Columbia River found herself trapped in 56-degree water when her foot got caught in rocks, according to a police report out of Dalles, Oregon. This story has a happy ending thanks to the Apple Watch being able to call 911, but it was still an extremely dangerous situation when first responders arrived. SOS and making phone calls requires an Apple Watch that supports cellular and an active plan to work without the user’s iPhone nearby. Only Officer Reams’ head was not submerged. Apple Watch includes an SOS feature that allows users to call emergency services by holding the side button for a few seconds. (9to5Mac). Continue reading.

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