The Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via Satellite features in the iPhone 14 have made headlines for helping accident victims, but simpler and more universal functions can also be helpful in deadly situations.
A woman fell 200 feet down a hill on the side of the road after she was involved in a car crash. Her phone didn't alert emergency services because she didn't have an Apple device. Her family used the Find My feature to find her location after she failed to return home.
They contacted emergency services when they saw that the car was on the side of the road. The San Bernardino County Fire Department shared the story on their Facebook page. The woman had spent the night in the vehicle after the crash.
The woman was taken to a hospital after she and her rescuers were raised from the hill and back up the road.
The patient had likely been in her crashed vehicle overnight after leaving a family gathering. Family members became concerned after not speaking with her this morning and utilized Apple's "Find my iPhone" feature to track her whereabouts. Upon investigating the phone's location they found the vehicle over the side & called 911.
Find My is available on all phones. The woman shared her location with her family, which allowed them to find her. If she hadn't enabled the Find My sharing features, the rescue wouldn't have happened.
In the event of a crash, the Crash Detection feature in the iPhone 14 can contact rescue services automatically, and Emergency SOS via Satellite can be used in remote locations where there is no cellular or internet signal. Crash Detection was able to help two people who fell into a canyon after being stranded in the wilderness, and Emergency SOS was able to save an Alaskan man who was stranded in the wilderness.