A father who sustained serious injuries after falling off his bike in the woods was saved by his Apple Watch, which alerted emergency services to his location.
Bob Burdett was out mountain biking in Riverside State Park in Spokane, Washington, on September 15 when he suffered a nasty fall, flipping his bike and knocking himself unconscious after hitting his head.
Fortunately, Bob was wearing his Apple Watch at the time, which not only sent a text to his son saying it had detected a hard fall, but also notified emergency services and shared his location with them.
Bobs son Gabe has spoken out about the amazing technology which helped save his fathers life, taking to Facebook to urge others to make use of the hard fall feature on the watch.
Alongside pictures of his dads injuries, Gabe wrote:
Last Sunday while trying to meet up with my dad for some mountain biking in Riverside State Park (MTB in RSP), I get a text from dads Apple Watch letting me know it detected a Hard Fall with a map to his location.
It was not far from our meeting spot. We drove straight there – but he was gone when we arrived. I get another update from the watch saying his location has changed with a map location of SHMC.
Dad flipped his bike at the bottom of Doomsday, hit his head and was knocked out until sometime during the ambulance ride. The watch had called 911 with his location and EMS had him scooped up and to the hospital in under a 1/2 hr. The fire dept. took his bike back to the station.
PSA: Last Sunday while trying to meet up with my dad for some mountain biking in Riverside State Park (MTB in RSP), I…
The concerned son also provided an update on Bobs condition to his followers, saying he was doing great after his X-Rays and CT scan came back clear. He added that he was a little sore for sure.
He then gave the following words of advice to Apple Watch owners:
IF YOU OWN AN APPLE WATCH, set up your HARD FALL detection – its not just for when you fall off a roof or a ladder.
Had he fallen somewhere on the High Drive trails or another remote area, the location would have clued EMS in on where to find him. AmaziRead More – Source