Siri saves the day by calling the Coast Guard to help rescue a teen and her family

A 14-year old girl named Tyler Frank owes her life to Siri. Thanks to floods caused by Hurricane Harvey, Frank and her family were stranded. As the flood waters started to rise, the teen was in the beginning stages of a painful Sickle Cell crisis and had only one place to turn to for help. Activating Siri on her iPhone, Tyler asked the virtual personal assistant to call the Coast Guard.

The first time the Coast Guard appeared, they left without Tyler because the crew was only taking the gravely ill or elderly. Even with the unforgiving pain from sickle cell anemia, the teen and her family was left behind. She called again the next day, and the second time she was flown to safety along with her family.

After being treated for sickle cell at Texas Children’s Hospital, Tyler was released and joined her family at a Houston area motel. The family lost their home and car to the storm. But thanks to Siri, they still have their lives as the virtual assistant was able to summon the help they needed to escape the rising waters.

source: BGR

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66 Comments

1. TechGirl90 unregistered

Artificial Intelligence didn't save the day, Common Sense did, it's no different than dialing 911 due to a break in, was it the phone or the person? C'mon! We need to quit putting these Inanimate Objects on a pedestal thinking they'll save you out of dire situations, it's just Common Sense.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Glad the young lady, and her family are ok. The home and car can be replaced, they can't. Hurricane Irma looks to be even worse, Florida has declared a state of emergency.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Love a happy ending, especially amid all the tragedy of the past weeks.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"But thanks to Siri, they still have their lives." More like thanks to God, TBH.

5. TechGirl90 unregistered

ABSOLUTELY! I agree 100%

7. apple-rulz

Posts: 2117; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

So was it common sense or god? Make up your mind, please.

8. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

God, because He blessed some of us with common sense. Some of us. ;-)

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Great post.

11. apple-rulz

Posts: 2117; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

So the ones the died during the hurricane were not blessed with common sense? I obviously understand that wasn't the cutesy point your comment tried to convey, but since you're so erudite, I'd figure it's worth learning from you.

32. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

The ones that died during the hurricane were called home by Him because He decided it was their time, not because they didn't have common sense or us Siri. Always glad to teach those who need to learn, even in ignorant facetiousness.

38. apple-rulz

Posts: 2117; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

"called home by Him". Thank you, I've learned all I need to know about you.

33. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

The ones that died during the hurricane were called home by Him because He decided it was their time, not because they didn't have common sense or us Siri. Always glad to teach those who need to learn, even in ignorant facetiousness.

62. Xilam unregistered

They were blessed with common sense - they didn't use it.

13. miketer

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

+1 haha

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

God and common sense don't go together at all.

31. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"God and common sense don't go together at all." God actually created common sense and the general intelligence of human beings.

39. apple-rulz

Posts: 2117; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

It boggles my mind that people like you still believe in ridiculous fairy tales. You seem to be a fairly intelligent person, that's what bothers me.

40. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If you had common sense, you would know there is no god.

57. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"If you had common sense, you would know there is no god." Human common sense alone can't help you understand spiritual things because the spirit far supercedes the physical. Your choice, your way... Every one is free to choose.

12. TechGirl90 unregistered

My mind has been made up, I never had conflict between the two. Your comment didn't make any sense. This is why I didn't mention who TRULY saved the family in my initial comment, because if I did, I would've been bombarded with stupid comments like yours for example. I stated my opinion, you some how felt sour about me agreeing to Trojan_Horse's comment, and decided to resort to stupid comments like "make up your mind" and never thought to look deeper into what was being stated. Relax.

14. apple-rulz

Posts: 2117; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

So stupidmanny will ignore the question, that leaves you; you give god thanks for saving this girls life, but do you giving him thanks too for the ones that died?

16. TechGirl90 unregistered

The good ole "would you still do this too if that happened" comment, I see this comment way too often, the answer is very complex, think of one of the worst diseases on the planet, and an individual is suffering from it and the disease has no cure, I would be sorrowful that they are dealing with that on a day to day basis knowing that their lifespan is cut short and I won't be able to cherish my time with them, and then they die, I'll honestly be thankful knowing that they don't have to deal with that illness anymore, not saying I won't be sad of their departure, it's a bittersweet situation, but I'll be happy knowing that they don't have to suffer anymore. Some people be thankful that a person they hate got injured or died, some be thankful for not having their loved ones suffer anymore pain, it's very complex and a lot of variables to your question you're asking. As far as the people that died during the hurricane, I don't know the reason behind why that happened, so I rather not dive into that, there is a reason for everything, but I honestly don't know, so I can't answer.

46. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

God goes by many different names...

47. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Is Toby one of said names? Cuz if not... I'm calling him Toby.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Please don't start that religious thing here. It's a technology site, the very last place I'd expect "God" to be invoked.

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Everything happens because we - people - do s**t, God is never around and it will never be, because it's just a figment of the imagination.

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"God is never around and it will never be, because it's just a figment of the imagination." Whatever floats your boat, man. Too bad.

21. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Preach God where people care about it; here it's a tech site and you should know that God and science do not mingle just like faith in absurd religions and intelligence don't mingle.

25. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Preach God where people care about it" My post #4 has 11 upvotes as of my time of writing this comment... That shows there are people who care about it here. If you do not care about it, simply ignore my post.

29. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

PA has over 140k visits every day; how much is 11 compared with the total number of persons that visit this site?

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