British snowboarder has his life saved by his iPhone and a 3G connection

Emergency SOS on iPhone
Emergency SOS on iPhone (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • A snowboarder used his iPhone and Emergency SOS feature when he fell into a crevasse 10,000ft up the Alps..
  • The snowboarder was alone and was able to call for help by pressing the power button on his iPhone five times.

A snowboarder had his life saved by his iPhone and a 3G cellular connection after falling into a crevasse 10,000ft up the Alps. The man was alone at the time and says that isn't a mistake he will make again.

British snowboarder Tim Blakey found himself in a precarious position and unable to use his iPhone as normal. Thankfully, he remembered the iPhone Emergency SOS feature that can call for help when required. That ultimately allowed him to get help and he outlined how it all went down on Instagram.

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Blakey says that he pressed his iPhone's power button five times to invoke the Emergency SOS feature, although another option might have been to press and hold the same button and either volume button — depending on the iPhone he was using at the time.

While we generally see Apple Watches being credit with saving lives, iPhones are more than capable of coming in clutch when required. Blakey might have been in even greater trouble of it wasn't for his iPhone and a carrier's 3G connection — nothing so fancy as 5G here!

It's possible that the Emergency SOS feature is the best iPhone feature most people don't even know exists. You can learn more about it in our guide and you never know when it could be helpful.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.