Mother saves daughter’s life with Find My Friends app

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When 17-year-old Macy Smith was late coming home and didn’t answer her phone, her mother knew something was wrong. But she was able to track the girl down thanks to the Find My Friends application on her daughter’s iPhone, even though Smith was trapped in a wrecked car at the bottom of an embankment.

The N. Carolina teenager later wrote on Facebook: “I hydroplaned at 4:00 pm and ran in between 2 trees down an embankment, flipped my car 3 times, and landed in my back seat with my arm pinned in between the car and the ground.”

Smith couldn’t reach her iPhone to respond to her family’s attempts to reach her. But her mother, Catrina Alexander, had the location of daughter’s iPhone via Find My Friends. She and the rest of her family drove there and found her still trapped in the vehicle.

“The whole time I knew they were going to show up and I’m so thankful for my family and we’re such a tight family that I knew that I wasn’t going to be there the whole night without them looking for me,” Smith told TV station WXII.

The girl is now urging other teens to activate Find My Friends to share their location with their families. “Sneaking around or not telling your parents where you are is not worth what I’ve gone through and I want to share my message because teenagers need to hear it from me,” said Smith.

Don’t miss Cult of Mac’s guide for parents on how to use Find My Friends to keep track of your children.