iPhone ‘5 click trick’ saved my life says snowboarder who fell 15ft through ice

A British snowboarder who fell down a 15-foot ice crevice while solo snowboarding has thanked his Apple iPhone for saving his life.

41-year-old Tim Blakely was solo skiing off-piste 10,000ft up a Swiss mountain when he plummeted down a hidden 15ft gap in the ice and landed on a fragile bridge of snow below.

Blakely says his appreciation for life has "changed dramatically" after activating a hidden safety feature on his iPhone that made it possible for mountain rescue teams to locate him⁠—despite having only 3% battery on his phone and being trapped under the ice with very little signal.

While trapped, Blakely was able to tap the side button on his phone five times to activate the iPhone's Emergency SOS feature.

This automatically called the local emergency services and sent them his location, where he somehow still had 3G reception.

As a result, Swiss mountain rescue teams were able to locate Blakely within about 20 minutes and get him to safety, and he was able to return home safely and relatively unscathed. Without the feature, Blakely says the outcome could have been very different.

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Blakely wrote on Instagram: "17 years snowboarding, and the majority of those times spending a lot of the time solo and off-piste. Never solo again.

"No matter how experienced you think you are, it is no joke. I was lured into a false sense of security which also let me to be very blase about researching the areas I snowboard.

He continued: "To walk / hobble away from this relatively unharmed & make my flight back to London that evening is quite the headf**k. Life 2.0 starts now."

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Apple is continually adding new safety features to its devices. Like the iPhone, the Apple Watch has an Emergency SOS feature which can call an ambulance or the police and send them your location if it detects a hard fall.

This has proved lifesaving for numerous people already. In the US, 71-year-old Raylene Hackenwerth says her Apple Watch recently helped doctors detect her lung cancer after she had a hard fall and called paramedics.

They found her unconscious and injured and rushed her to hospital, where doctors discovered a cancerous mass growing in her lungs.

"If it hadn’t been for the falling and the Apple Watch calling them, I wouldn’t even know this was there and maybe by the time it had got found in the future, it would be too late," she said.

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