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iPhone emergency service helps rescue a couple after an accident in the woods of southern California


Two people who crashed their car into a mountainside in California’s Angeles National Forest on Wednesday were rescued using the emergency satellite service on their iPhone 14.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Montrose Search and Rescue Team tweeted an image of first responders at the crash site and video showing the helicopter that was able to lift the couple out of remote Monkey Canyon.

“This afternoon at approximately 1:55 p.m., the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station received a call from Apple’s emergency satellite service,” the team said. “Informant and another victim had been involved in a single-vehicle accident on Angeles Forest Hwy near milepost 18.87, Angeles National Forest. Their vehicle had run off the side of a mountain, approximately 300 feet. They were in a canyon remote without cell phone service.”

The victims were able to get out of the car before using the emergency satellite service on the iPhone 14 to contact a relay center via text message.

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Montrose search and rescue team tracks two people stranded after crash in Angeles National Forest
(LASD Montrose Search and Rescue Team)

“The center contacted our station that sent us, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, patrol units and [the Los Angeles Sheriff Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau] Air Rescue 5. The call center gave us an accurate latitude and longitude for the victims,” the team continued.

Air Rescue 5 were able to locate the victims and “insert a paramedic”, who learned that the patients had minor to moderate injuries.

The patients were a woman and a man in their 20s.

LASD Air Rescue 5 hoisted up injured passengers

LASD Air Rescue 5 hoisted up injured passengers
(LASD Special Enforcement Office)

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The helicopter was able to lift the victims out of the canyon and transport them to a local area hospital.

The Special Enforcement Office shared additional videos of the rescue on social media.

An aerial view of Monkey Canyon in the Angeles National Forest

An aerial view of Monkey Canyon in the Angeles National Forest
(LASD Special Enforcement Office)

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Apple’s Emergency SOS security service is available to iPhone 14 users in the US and Canada.



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