Apple Watch fall detection calls 911 for unconscious man

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Apple Watch fall detection works on Series 4 and Series 5.
Apple Watch fall detection can save you if you’re knocked unconscious.
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911 services in a suburb of Phoenix reportedly received a call from a computer-generated voice telling them someone had fallen and wasn’t responding. The call came from an Apple Watch that detected its wearer was in trouble. EMTs rushed to the location given by the wearable and found an unconscious man.

Automatically calling for help after a bad fall is a feature of recent watchOS models. But users need be sure Apple Watch fall detection is activated.

Apple Watch calls cops for unconscious driver after car crash

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Another day, another story of an Apple Watch-powered rescue.
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Police in England responded to a car accident after an Apple Watch on the wrist of an unconscious man sent a request for help.

Details on the crash, including the victim’s condition, were not available. But the emergency SOS may have been a first for police in Surrey, who enthusiastically posted it on Twitter and tagged Apple CEO Tim Cook. The tweet also included a string of emoji showing a watch, satellite and rescue vehicles.

Wicked bike wreck shows importance of Apple Watch hard fall detection

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An Apple Watch can call 911 if you trip, slip, or wipe out so severely you knock yourself unconscious.
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Bob Burdett was mountain biking near Spokane, then the next thing he knew he was waking up in an ambulance. He’d had a crash so severe he was knocked unconscious for a considerable amount of time. Fortunately, his Apple Watch called 911 for him.

Apple Watch triggers chain-reaction rescue after woman’s seizure

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Fall detection could be a lifesaver for some Apple Watch wearers.
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Apple Watch’s fall detection feature came the rescue of a Sydney, Australia woman who fell unconscious after suffering a seizure.

Kate Donald has epilepsy and was home alone, but her Apple Watch Series 4 sent out emergency text messages to first responders and her husband, according to news reports.