How Apple Watch Detected US Man's Fall From Steep Cliff, Saved His Life

The US man’s mother received 3 messages that her son was going through an emergency.


NEW YORK: In yet another example why you should wear an Apple Watch while travelling, a man in the US has credited the device for saving his life after he fell over a steep cliff and the Watch called 911 after detecting a hard fall.

James Prudenciano, 28, and his date Paige Paruso, were hiking in Hartshorne Woods Park in New Jersey when they got lost in the woods and fell through some foliage and over a steep cliff.

According to a report in News 12 New Jersey, Prudenciano fell into the river in the Park and landed on a rock. He suffered three fractures in his back. His date also fell into the river but was not hurt.

The “Fall Detection” feature in Apple Watch on Prudenciano’s wrist detected the hard fall and automatically dialled 911.

“I was screaming that I’m going to die because I really felt I was going to die. There was no way out of this for me. I literally said my last goodbyes,” Prudenciano was quoted as saying.

Prudenciano’s mother received three text messages that her son was going through an emergency.

According to the police, they were placed on a passing boat and taken to a pier from where they were transported to Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment