Man stranded in Alaska rescued by ‘lifesaving’ iPhone feature

A man stuck in a remote area of Alaska was able to signal for help last week using the iPhone's new satellite-powered emergency SOS feature.

According to local authorities, the man was travelling by snowmobile through Alaska's unforgiving northwestern wilderness where he became stranded.

Even though he had no phone service, the man was apparently able to activate the iPhone Emergency SOS feature.

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The iPhone sent his coordinates to authorities, enabling a volunteer search and rescue team to track him down and bring him back to civilisation safely.

Fortunately, the man was unharmed and taken to nearby Kotzebue around 6AM.

The iPhone's new Emergency SOS feature became available in North America last month on the iPhone 14. It uses satellite connectivity to enable people to contact emergency services, family, or friends when they don't have mobile signal or WiFi.

Apple's Greg Joswiak said: "Some of the most popular places to travel are off the beaten path and simply lack cellular coverage.

"With Emergency SOS via satellite, the iPhone 14 lineup provides an indispensable tool that can get users the help they need while they are off the grid."

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It's a powerful new addition to the iPhone's existing SOS features. Earlier this year, a British snowboarder who fell 15ft down an icy crevice on a Swiss mountain was able to survive thanks to his iPhone's 'five-click trick'.

By tapping the side button five times, the iPhone can alert emergency services about your location if you have an accident.

In May, an American woman credited Apple with saving her life when a man attacked her in the middle of the night and threatened her with a knife.

She said the Emergency SOS feature saved her by automatically calling the police for help.


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