Two year old boy rescued from a well thanks to the iPhone’s amazing camera

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A two year old boy has been rescued after falling down a narrow well thanks to an iPhone and some quick thinking rescue workers. The boy was playing with some friends when he fell down a 40 feet deep well, became stuck, and needed emergency assistance to get out.

The incident happened in Yunnan Province near Mengzi City, China. Local villagers tried in vain to get the boy out of the well while they waited for rescue teams to arrive. Once the fire-fighters arrived an hour later, they fed oxygen down the narrow shaft to enable the boy to breathe. They tried to lower a harness down the well but as it was an adult harness the boy kept slipping out of it and proved too dangerous to use.

In a move of brilliance, one fire-fighter attached his iPhone to a rope with the video camera enabled and lowered it down the well. The video was then played back and this let the rescue team to see exactly how the boy was positioned in the shaft and guide rope into the correct position and complete the rescue.

The boy escaped with only minor bruising; so was extremely lucky that the recuse team had such great vision and of course an iPhone. As they say, all’s well that ends well…….

Source: App Advice

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Two year old boy rescued from a well thanks to the iPhone’s amazing camera


And if Facetime would be allowed over 3G, they would have been able to do it even faster.
It's strange when you think about one thing though... what would be the status of the boy now had the iPhone not come to China a few weeks ago? Would he still be trapped? Would they have used some other phone with a camera to do the same thing? Would he have even falled into the well to begin with? Hummm....

Thanks to the rescuers, you mean. Any camera could have been used. It is lame to give credit to the iPhone for something like this.

Yay the iPhone is a hero!
The other day I was drowning and the iPhone swam over and saved me...
Stupid Imore.
Give credit to th firefighters not the iPhone you fanboys

Drowning in cycicism, as usual. Now we're going to get into some asinine debate over who gets credit, what kind of phone, blah, blah, blah. Stupid people. Instead of just thinking, "Hey! Here's an example of how GOOD TECHNOLOGY can save lives!" Seriously, give your IQ a boost here, wouldya?

But if the boy hadn't been distracted by playing Angry Birds on his (parent's) own phone, he wouldn't have stepped into the well in the first place. So there. Don't walk and text, people.