The Apple Watch once again changed the life of one of its users by contacting emergency services – otherwise impossible to contact. This time, a man from Chicago is crediting his Apple Watch with saving him from drowning, according to WBMM.
“Phillip Esho said that he was knocked into the water as he was riding a jet ski in Lake Michigan.”Phillip Esho said he was riding a jet ski from the 31st Street Harbor to McCormick Place to take pictures of the Chicago skyline, when a big wave flipped over his jet ski and knocked him and his phone into the water.
Esho said his phone was lost and people in nearby boats couldn’t see or hear him calling for help as the waves kept knocking him under the surface even though he was wearing a flotation device.”
Good thing that Esho was wearing his Apple Watch: he used the Apple Watch’s Emergency SOS feature to reach for help. He couldn’t tell whether the call connected, but soon both a helicopter and the Chicago Police came to his rescue. There’s no doubt the Apple Watch played a huge role in helping Esho.
Considering the high waves kept pushing him under the surface and he had no other way to get help, Esho said he’s not sure what would have happened if he wasn’t able to use his Apple Watch to call 9-1-1 for help, according to WBMM.
It’s not the first time Apple Watch’s ECG feature and other Health capabilities helped the users by alerting others of potentially life-threatening health issues. Now, Apple Watch’s always-on connectivity and Emergency SOS feature turned out to be a life-saver for the user who reached 911 with it.