Man’s iPhone helps rescuers locate his vehicle after he plunged 400 feet off LA cliff
- The crash victim, who was not identified, suffered head trauma but miraculously survived, though their condition is unknown
- The victim’s iPhone 14’s crash detection alerted emergency crews to the scene regarding a vehicle that had careened off a cliff in the vicinity of Mt Wilson Road
Dramatic footage showed the moment a man was saved after his iPhone alerted rescuers when his car plummeted 400 feet off a cliff in Los Angeles.
The victim, who was not identified, miraculously survived but suffered head trauma during the terrifying crash Friday night around 10:15pm.
The man’s iPhone 14’s crash detection was credited with alerting emergency crews to the scene of a vehicle that had careened off a cliff in the vicinity of Mount Wilson Road.
Video showed the injured man being hoisted on a rope by a firefighter wearing a headlight in the darkness. A Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations helicopter pulled them to safety.
Video shows the injured man getting hoisted on rope by a fire fighter and brought to safety by a Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations helicopter
Footage showed the car completely mangled, the windows shattered and the air bags deployed on the bottom of the cliff.
It is unclear the victim’s current condition, the reason for the near-deadly crash or the type of car the person was driving.
Search and rescue first responder Mike Leum, tweeted about the event and confirmed the man’s iPhone crash detection helped save the victim’s life.
Apple’s crash detection technology offers this life-saving feature on Phone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models, with the latest version of IOS.
Surveillance footage shows the car completely mangled, the windows shattered and the air bags deployed
When a severe car crash is detected, an alert will be displayed and will automatically initiate an emergency phone call after 20 seconds – connecting a person to 911 dispatchers and notifying their emergency contacts – unless the user cancels, according to Apple’s website.
Apple stated if the user is ‘unresponsive, your iPhone will play an audio message for emergency services, which informs them that you’ve been in a severe crash and gives them your latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates with an approximate search radius.’
The company further explains that when a crash is detected, their feature won’t override any existing emergency calls placed by other means.
‘If you’re in a severe car crash and unresponsive in a location without a cellular or Wi-Fi connection, iPhone will attempt to contact emergency services using Emergency SOS via satellite, where available,’ the site read.