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Lost in Alaska: iPhone 14’s ‘satellite SOS’ feature helped save a man

Recently, the Alaska State Police received a message about a man stuck in the snow between the cities of Nurvik and Kotzebue. This is a remote area above the Arctic Circle where there is no cell service, so the man had to activate the emergency satellite service on his iPhone 14 to call for help. The Apple Emergency Response Center, along with local search and rescue teams and the US Arctic Northwest Rescue Coordinator, sent volunteer searchers to GPS coordinates transmitted by a smartphone. Rescuers arrived at the scene and successfully helped the stranded man, fortunately he was not injured.

It is worth noting that Apple honestly warns users about possible failures in the operation of satellite communications in some places above the 62nd parallel of the north latitude. Nurvik and Kotzebue are already closer to the 69th parallel of the northern latitude, but nevertheless, the “satellite SOS” worked perfectly: the rescuers were impressed by the accuracy and completeness of the information provided. Recall that an emergency message via satellite on the iPhone 14 includes not only coordinates, but also a small questionnaire, by filling out which the victim can briefly report what happened and what help he needs. This makes it easier for the rescue services. In mid-November the function earned in the US and Canada, it will be available for free for two years, Apple has not yet announced anything about its cost in the future. In the near future, the service should be launched in some European countries.

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