Apple Emergency SOS helps save family from wildfire in Maui

iPhone 14 Emergency SOS
(Image credit: Apple)

Apple introduced the Emergency SOS feature with the iPhone 14 series. The feature can help iPhone users contact emergency services without a cellular signal. It has since then planned to expand availability to more countries, but the feature is saving lives already. It just helped save a family of five from a wildfire in Maui, Hawaii.

The tragic wildfire in Hawaii, spreading through Maui, has led to at least 36 casualties as of now, and thousands more evacuated. Emergency services are at work, trying to minimize the damage, and it appears Apple's Emergency SOS has helped save at least five people from the wildfire.

Emergency SOS helped rescue family in 30 minues

Apple's safety features, like Fall Detection on the Apple Watch, have saved a lot of lives already. Emergency SOS is a newer feature with a limited availability, especially since it only works on the best iPhone series right now, the iPhone 14. Despite that, it is already saving lives. 

Previously, the feature helped save the life of a hiker with no cell service, and now it has managed to save a family from the ongoing wildfire in Maui. Twitter user Michael J. Miraflor posted about how his brother's girlfriend's cousin and his family were stranded in the wildfire, and Emergency SOS helped the family contact the emergency services.

See more

The family of five members aged 18-30 was stuck in a vehicle as the fire erupted around them, with zero visibility around them. Emergency SOS helped them make contact with the rescue operations, and the responders were able to evacuate the family in around 30 minutes.

The feature is available in select countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Portugal. Wider availability is on the way, and we may see the feature come to more regions when iPhone 15 lineup launches, likely in September.

Palash Volvoikar

Palash has been a technology and entertainment journalist since 2013. Starting with Android news and features, he has also worked as the news head for Wiki of Thrones, and a freelance writer for Windows Central, Observer, MakeUseOf, MySmartPrice, ThinkComputers, and others. He also worked as a writer and journalist for Android Authority, covering computing, before returning to freelancing all over town.