41-year-old snowboarder Tim Blakely was nearing his end when he fell into a deep crevasse during one of his sessions. Fortunately for him, the man left with his iPhone, which allowed him to contact the emergency services thanks to its emergency call function. It came close, as it only had 3% battery left.
You might think it’s relatively uncommon for an iPhone to save the life of its owner. Strangely, the stories of this type are relatively numerous, some more unusual than others. We think in particular of this Australian who could have had his chest pierced by an arrow if it had not been for his iPhone which was miraculously on the way. Other times, it is of course by calling the emergency services that the smartphone is most useful. Apple understands this well and has greatly facilitated the manipulation, to the point that even a 4-year-old child is able to save the life of his parents.
Tim Blakely, 41-year-old Briton, has had a hard time of it. Although used to the slopes, this snowboarder unfortunately finds himself at the bottom of a 4.5 meter crevasse in the middle of the Swiss Alps. This is where Tim’s luck comes in. First, despite the seriousness of the situation, Tim is doing relatively well. Indeed, a thin layer of ice prevented it from falling much deeper. Secondly, the snowboarder had the excellent idea of bringing his smartphone with him on his excursion.
He calls for help with only 3% battery
Things get complicated then. Pulling out his phone, Tim realizes that he only has 3% battery left. Worse still, he only has a 3G connection, greatly reducing his chances of contacting the emergency services. Tempting everything, he then uses the iPhone shortcut to call the rescuers. Miracle: he manages to reach a call center. 20 minutes later, the rescuers are already trying to get them out of this mess.
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After several tens of minutes of effort, Tim is pulled out of the crevasse “relatively unscathed”. The injuries are primarily psychological. Tim explains that the thought of having no battery at this time, or even no phone at all, keeps him awake. “Seventeen years of snowboarding, and most of that time spent solo and off-piste. Never again alone »he concludes.
Source: New York Post