A man’s iPhone helps rescuers find his car after he plunges 400 feet from an LA cliff
The crash victim, who has not been identified, suffered head injuries but miraculously survived, although their condition is unknown. Crash detection on the victim’s iPhone 14 alerted emergency crews to the scene of a vehicle that had plunged off a cliff near Mount Wilson Road.
Dramatic footage shows a man being saved after his iPhone alerted rescuers as his car plunged 400ft off a cliff in Los Angeles.
The victim, who has not been identified, miraculously survived but sustained head injuries during the horrific accident around 10:15pm on Friday.
The crash detection of the man’s iPhone 14 was credited with alerting emergency crews to the scene of a car that was off a cliff near Mount Wilson Road.
The video shows the injured man being carried on a rope by a firefighter wearing headlights in the dark. A Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations helicopter pulled them to safety.
Video shows the victim being hoisted by a firefighter on a rope and brought to safety by a Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations helicopter.
Footage shows the car completely mangled, with windows smashed and air bags deployed down the hill.
The current condition of the victim, the cause of the near-fatal crash or the type of vehicle the person was driving are unclear.
Mike Leum, a first responder with Search and Rescue, tweeted about the incident and confirmed that detecting the man’s iPhone crash helped save the victim’s life.
Apple’s crash detection technology offers this life-saving feature on Phone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models with the latest version of iOS.
Surveillance footage shows the car completely mangled, with windows smashed and airbags deployed.
When a serious car accident is detected, an alert will appear and automatically initiate an emergency phone call 20 seconds later — connecting a person to 911 dispatchers and notifying their emergency contacts — unless the user cancels, according to Apple’s website.
Apple says that if the user is ‘unresponsive, your iPhone will play an audio message for emergency services, telling them you’re in a serious crash and giving them your latitude and longitude coordinates along with an estimated search radius.’
The company also explains that when a crash is detected, their feature will not override any existing emergency calls made by other means.
‘If you are in a serious car accident and are unresponsive in a location without a cellular or Wi-Fi connection, iPhone will attempt to contact emergency services using Emergency SOS via satellite, where available,’ the site reads.
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