Man credits Apple Watch with saving his life after it called 911 following a fall

The Home screen on Apple Watch
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What you need to know

  • A Summerfield man credits his Apple Watch with saving his life.
  • The watch called 911 while Mike Yager laid unconscious on his drive.

Apple Watch fall detection might have saved another life and if you ask Mike Yager, it did. That's after his watch called 911 following a fall at his home, summoning emergency services as he lay unconscious.

The story goes, according to local reports, that Yager passed out and took a fall on his driveway. His Apple Watch detected the lack of motion and called 911, with the Summerfield Fire Department appearing without Yager even knowing the call had been made.

"The Summerfield Fire Department showed me his log thing and it said, if I remember correctly, male, possibly unconscious. Then it gave the location and then it said reported by Apple Watch. Whenever he showed that to me, I was speechless. I didn't know what to say," said Lori Yager, Mike's wife.

Apple Watch Series 4 and newer monitors for movement following a fall. If none is detected, it initiates an emergency call and transmits your location to dispatchers. That's how the fire department was able to find Yager, and it all happened automatically.

Yager now thinks the Apple Watch saved his life, saying that everyone around his age should get one.

"It's kind of expensive but I think it's well worth it if you are over 65 or something you definitely need to do something like that. I'm 78 so I qualify," Mike Yager said.

Anyone doing just that should check out our list of the best Apple Watch deals before placing any orders, too.

This is far from the first time an Apple Watch has been credited with saving a life and it won't be the last. Apple CEO Tim Cook famously said that he thinks health will be Apple's most important impact on the world and Mike Yager and his wife would probably agree.

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.