Firefighters in China’s Yunnan Province have rescued a two-year old toddler from a 40-foot well with the help of Apple’s iPhone. After the child kept slipping out of a rescue harness that was designed for adults, an iPhone was lowered into the well so that the rescue team could use its camera to see the boy’s position.
British broadsheet The Telegraph reports that the emergency services were called after villagers near China’s Mengzi City heard the child crying.
During the tricky rescue operation the young boy kept slipping out of rescue harnesses that were designed for adults.
But in a twist of ingenuity, the team lowered an Apple iPhone with a video camera allowing them to see the boy’s position.The close-up recordings are used to better position the ropes around his small body, allowing them to pull the distressed child to safety.
The toddler was taken to hospital, but thankfully he sustained no major injuries.
We often hear about Apple’s iOS devices helping the police to locate suspects with the help of their Find My iPhone feature, but this must be the first time they’ve been used by firefighters to rescue a child from a well.