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Man credits Apple Watch Fall Detection with saving his life

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The life of a North Carolina man was saved when, unbeknownst to him, his Apple Watch detected him falling and called emergency services automatically.

The Apple Watch has saved lives before and sometimes surprises its users by detecting unknown problems. Now, however, the Summerfield Fire Department has rescued a man before he knew that his watch could send an emergency message.

“The first thing I asked [the officer] what, ‘How did they get here?’ and he said, ‘Your watch sent us a message.’ “Mike Yager, 78 He said Fox News. “And I said ‘What?'”

Yager reportedly fell hard in the driveway, broke his nose and passed out. When he didn’t answer his Apple Watch, he automatically called 911.

“[Apple Watch is] a bit pricey, “continued Yager,” but I think it’s worth it if you’re over 65 … you definitely need to do something like [get a Watch]. “

The man’s wife, Lori Yager, said Fox News that the Summerfield Fire Department officer showed her his log saying the alert came from her husband’s Apple Watch.

“I was speechless, I didn’t know what to say,” he said. “I didn’t plan to go home for a couple of hours and who knows what would have happened when I got home.”

The ability to detect a fall is automatically enabled on Apple Watch Series 4, or later, if the owner is over 65 years old.

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