Two people who crashed their car into the side of a mountain in California’s Angeles National Forest on Wednesday were rescued using emergency satellite service on their iPhone 14.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Montrose Search and Rescue Team tweeted an image of first responders at the crash site and a video showing the helicopter that was able to lift the couple out of remote Monkey Canyon.
“At about 1:55 pm this afternoon, the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station received a call from Apple’s Emergency Satellite Service,” the team said. “The informant and another victim had been involved in a single automobile accident on Angeles Forest Hwy near mileage 18.87, Angeles National Forest. Their vehicle had fallen off the mountainside, approximately 300 feet. They were in a canyon remote without cell phone service”.
The victims managed to extricate themselves from the car before using the emergency satellite service on the iPhone 14 to communicate with a relay center via text message.
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“The center contacted our station who sent us, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, patrol units and [the Los Angeles Sheriff Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau] Air Rescue 5. The call center provided us with accurate latitude and longitude for the victims,” the team continued.
Air Rescue 5 was then able to locate the casualties and “insert a paramedic”, who learned the patients had minor to moderate injuries.
The patients were a woman and a man in their twenties.
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The helicopter was able to lift the victims out of the canyon and transport them to an area hospital.
The Special Enforcement Bureau shared more videos of the rescue on social media.
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Apple’s Emergency SOS security service is available to iPhone 14 users in the United States and Canada.