A Briton who fell through a crack while snowboarding told the amazing story of how his iPhone saved his life.
Tim Blakely, 41, was climbing 10,000 feet up a Swiss mountain off the piste alone when he fell 15 feet down a hidden gap in the ice.
He would have fallen a greater distance and likely died had he not landed on the brittle ice bridge below.
In his Instagram post on March 27, Blackley described how the iPhone’s Emergency SOS feature came to his rescue.
Activated with a few quick button presses, the tool automatically calls your local emergency number and sends them your location.
“Last week has been a flurry of emotions and self-reflection and I really didn’t know what to do with this experience,” Blakely wrote.
“Thank you apple, their 5-click side button for emergency services – especially great when your screen is constantly dripping.”
Although he found himself several feet below the surface of the ice, Blakely said he still had a 3G connection.
His phone was able to alert the Swiss rescue services to his position even though he only had 3 percent of his battery power left.
Looks like it took 20 minutes to pick someone up.
They told him not to move, and after the call, the New Zealand born adrenaline junkie gingerly snapped pictures of what would have been his last resting place.
After forty-five minutes, rescuers managed to pull the personal trainer out of the rift and he survived the ordeal with only an ankle ligament injury.
Blakely said he returned to London “relatively unscathed”.
Blakely said his phone saved his life and that the thought of not being able to access it at the time was “keeping me up at night”.
Advise others not to neglect.
“Seventeen years of snowboarding, and the majority of those are spending a lot of time alone and out. Never solo again.”
“No matter how experienced you think you are, this is no joke.”
“I was drawn into a false sense of security which also led me to be very elated about looking for areas to ski.”
He added, “It is not fair to say ‘I ran out of luck’ because the circumstances of my stay clearly show that I spent every last luck token at my disposal.”
How to make an SOS call on iPhone
On iPhones without a home button:
- Press and hold the side button and one of the volume buttons until the SOS emergency slider appears.
- Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services. If you hold down the side button and the volume button, instead of dragging the slider, the countdown starts and a beep sounds.
- If you hold down the buttons until the countdown ends, your iPhone automatically calls emergency services.
On iPhone 7 or earlier:
- Quickly press the side button five times. An emergency SOS slider will appear.
- Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services.
- If you start an emergency call by mistake, press the Stop button, then click Stop Calling.
After the call ends, your iPhone will ping the emergency service with your current location, unless you choose to cancel.
If location services are turned off, they will be turned on temporarily.
If your location changes, your contacts will receive an update, and you’ll get a notification about 10 minutes later.
To stop updates, tap on the status bar and select “Stop emergency location sharing.”
If you keep sharing, you’ll get a reminder to stop every four hours for 24 hours.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and is reproduced here with permission.