Apple Watch helps paramedics find man after mountain bike accident

What you need to know

  • Mountain biker Bob Burdett had an accident which left him unconcious
  • Apple Watch called 911 and his emergency contacts and led them to his location
  • Fall detection is a feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5

Apple Watch's fall detection, as well as its other emergency features, has helped another person get emergency help when they needed it most. Reported by 9to5Mac, Bob Burdett is a mountain biker who, on September 20th, was trying to meet his son to hit the trail together for awhile. Since his son was still on the way, Bob decided to ride by himself while he waited. While on the trail, Bob flipped the bike and was left unconcious, by himself, in the woods.

Fortunately, the Apple Watch dedected the fall and called 911, as well as sending an alert to his family. By the time his son had gotten to where he had the accident, paramedics had already located him and transported him to the closest hospital. Bob thankfully regained conciousness during the ambulance ride and once he made it to the hospital, his family was sent an updated location from his Apple Watch so they all knew where to go to find him. The entire event, from having the accident to getting to the hospital, happened in under a half hour. Gabe Burdett, Bob's son, wrote about everything on Facebook, a post which has now been shared over three hundred thousand times.

Fall detection is a feature that is built in to Apple Watch Series 4 and the new Series 5. With it, the Apple Watch will detect when a hard fall occurs and display a prompt to call emergency services. If it detects no movement, for instance if the person is unconcious, the watch will then call emergency services and notify your emergency contacts for you, as well as sending your location to everyone.

Fall detection has already helped a number of people, like a woman who had a seizure while alone at home. It does require turning on manually, so if you have a Series 4 or Series 5 Apple Watch, make sure you turn it on.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.