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The Apple Watch saves this hiker’s life: a call at the critical moment

When technology goes far beyond being just an accessory.

The Apple Watch saves this hiker’s life: a call at the critical moment
David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

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In the serene and majestic setting of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Georgia, a morning hike turned into a survival scenario for Mike Menand, an avid hiker. Events that, though simple, lead us to reflect on how technology has become an unexpected lifesaver.

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A happy ending thanks to a very timely call

Menand’s journey began, as reported by Fox5 Atlanta (via 9to5mac), like any other of his outdoor adventures. Accompanied by his two loyal dogs, he ventured into the heart of the park, enjoying the nature and tranquility offered by the landscape. However, the serenity was abruptly interrupted when his dogs, alerted by the presence of a coyote in the distance, got scared and, in a reflex action, knocked Menand down, dragging him off the trail.

This event triggered a series of critical circumstances. Menand, immobilized and in unbearable pain, found himself unable to reach his phone, trapped under the weight of his own body. It was then that a discreet yet powerful ally took charge: his Apple Watch. The watch, equipped with a fall detection feature, immediately recognized the gravity of the situation and triggered a call to emergency services.

Menand, with a broken leg but already in the recovery process, later reflected on the fortune of wearing the Apple Watch. “There’s no way to know how long I would have been lying there,” he recalled. The fall detection function of the Apple Watch works by detecting sudden falls. If the user doesn’t dismiss the alert within a minute of the fall, the watch automatically calls emergency services, announces the situation, and also notifies emergency contacts, even providing a map with the person’s location at the time of the fall.

The importance of this device becomes more evident when remembering a tragic event that occurred just a month after Menand’s fall. Another hiker suffered a fall in the same park and, unfortunately, did not survive. “When I read that, I thought it could have been me,” said Menand. In his case, he was alone, with no one nearby and no one knowing where he was.

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The technology we use every day already boasts several major victories on its resume. It’s an guardian angel in the most critical moments. Menand’s Apple Watch not only saved him from hours of suffering or something much worse but serves as a reminder to be prepared and equipped, even in the most peaceful environments. In a world where technology is deeply embedded in our lives, stories like Menand’s, the Norwegian runner’s, or even this car accident, show us how they can be much more than mere accessories: they can be crucial in times of need.

David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

Architect | Founder of hoyenapple.com | Apple Technologies Trainer | Writer at Softonic and iDoo_tech, formerly at Applesfera

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