A Brit who fell into a crevasse while snowboarding has shared the incredible story of how his iPhone saved his life.
Tim Blakely, 41, was climbing 10,000 feet off-piste on a Swiss mountain when he fell 15 feet into a hidden gap in the ice.
He would have fallen further and probably died if he hadn’t landed on a fragile snow bridge below.
keep writing Instagram On March 27, Tim described how his iPhone’s Emergency SOS feature came to his rescue.
The tool activates with a few short button presses, automatically calls the local emergency number and sends them your location.
“The past week has been a wave of emotion and introspection and I didn’t really know what to do with the experience,” Tim wrote.
“Thanks to @apple for their five-click side button for emergency services – especially great when the screen is constantly dripping with water.”
Despite being several meters below the ice surface, Tim said he still had a 3G connection.
His mobile phone was able to alert the Swiss rescue workers to his position, even though he only had three percent of his battery power left.
Apparently it took him 20 minutes to reach anyone.
They told him not to move, and after the call, the New Zealand-born adrenaline junky cautiously snapped photos of what could easily have been his final resting place.
45 minutes later, rescuers were able to pull the personal trainer out of the crevasse and he escaped the ordeal with only a injured ankle ligament.
Tim said he has now returned to London “relatively unharmed”.
Tim said his phone saved his life and the thought of not having access to it at the time “kept me up at night”.
He advised others not to be so careless.
“Seventeen years of snowboarding and most of that time I spent a lot of time solo and off-piste. Never solo again.”
“No matter how experienced you think you are, it’s no joke.”
“I was lured into a false sense of security, which also led to me being very indifferent when it came to researching the areas I snowboard in.”
He added: “It is not fair to say that my luck has run out, as the circumstances of my survival clearly show that I have redeemed every last lucky charm at my disposal.”
How to make an SOS call on iPhone
On iPhones without a home button.
- Press and hold the side button and either volume button until you see the Emergency SOS slider.
- Drag the SOS emergency call slider to call emergency services. If you continue to hold the side button and volume button instead of dragging the slider, a countdown will begin and an alarm will sound.
- If you hold the buttons until the countdown ends, your iPhone will automatically call 911.
On iPhone 7 or earlier:
- Quickly press the side button five times. The Emergency SOS slider appears.
- Drag the SOS emergency call slider to call emergency services.
- If you accidentally started an emergency call, press the stop button and then tap End call.
After the call ends, your iPhone will ping emergency services with your current location unless you cancel.
If location services are turned off, they will be turned on temporarily.
If your location changes, your contacts will be updated and you’ll get a notification about 10 minutes later.
To stop the updates, tap the status bar and select Stop Sharing Emergency Location.
If you continue sharing, you’ll be reminded to stop every four hours for 24 hours.
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