Student uses Apple Watch to call 911, while hanging from seatbelt after a car crash


At the end of March, Apple’s iOS 10.3 update fixed a bug that an Arizona teen abused to overwhelm the 911 hotline with fake calls for 5 whole months. Recently, Apple and the emergency number have come together in a headline again, but this time it’s actually for the good.

Casey Bennet, a college student from in Maryland, was driving home on the 6th of April, when another vehicle struck his Jeep and flipped it on its side. Thankfully, Casey did not lose consciousness and reacted coolly. However, he was stuck to his seat, tied with his seatbelt, and could only wait to be rescued.

Upon crashing, his iPhone was flung out of his reach and he couldn’t get it to call help. However, Casey was wearing his Apple Watch and used it to call 911, thanks to the Emergency SOS feature. The SOS feature allows you to dial the hotline and send a text to an emergency contact, only by pressing the side button for longer. In his case, it sent a text to his parents and alerted a dispatcher. Help arrived only 6 minutes later and he was treated for bruises to his knee and chest – nothing too major.

Apple boss Tim Cook also received a note from the student, in which Casey told him what happened and how his Apple device helped him.
In an interview for ABC News, Casey appeared in good mood and shape, and thankfully escaped the crash alive. His experience is a fantastic example of the ways technology can literally preserve lives.


source: ABC via 9To5Mac

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39 Comments

1. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

With the Huawei watch you can even have the conversation call through it.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What a tasteless comment. Who cares?

10. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I do... And how is that comment tasteless? He was merely stating a fact.

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Love or hate Apple, it wasn't a 'time' for Casey to ponder upon what he could and couldn't do with the watch at that point. You guys should slide fanboyism aside sometimes.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Stating what one can or cannot do with a smart watch isn't fanboyism. As post #1said, Cassey could even make a call and tell his location, name or any other info needed by the emergency through a Huawei watch if he had it instead. Calling and giving all details is better than pressing a button to send a text. Fact.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It was tasteless because it showed another manufacturer in a better light than Apple.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just like you do with Samsung, right?

35. ToastedBacon21

Posts: 47; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

When was the last time you owned a samsung??

39. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'll wait right here for you to show an example of me calling a comment tasteless or anything similar. BTW, I'm still waiting for your last example from months ago.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31256; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said Mxy

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Ok google call 911... Love how you need a useless device to make an emergency call lol.

2. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Whether you like Apple or not, it's awesome that the Apple watch helped someone after a serious injury.

3. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

With the Huawei watch you can even have the conversation call through it.

12. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

me too me too! listen to me someone!

18. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yeah, he should've thought, "oh dang, I should have bought a Huawei watch, so i could call and maybe it will bring the emergency service quicker?"

23. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

His point is that if he had a Huawei watch, and that Cassey's phone got damaged in the crash, Cassey still would be able to dial 911 due to the Huawei watch being standalone. If Cassey's iPhone had gotten damaged in the crash, he wouldn't have been able to contact emergency. Fact. So, this emphasizes on the importance of a standalone smart watch!

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Suppose his phone gotten damaged in the crash and stopped working? The Apple Watch needs 3G, so that even if you don't have your phone, you can actually make a phone call. Curious as to why he couldnt just unbuckle the seat belt and grab his phone? Maybe he shouldnt have been using it while driving to begin with.

6. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Curious as to why you are so damn stupid.

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

And I wonder the VERY same thing about you, Fanboy... He has a valid point here... If his iPhone had been severely damaged in the crash; he wouldn't be able to place any calls, period... Without a paired iPhone, an Apple watch is nothing but a fancy piece of hardware, no mightier than my Casio G-Shock... Maybe my vintage Rolex, even...! Oh well, G'Day!

13. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Thank God he is ok. Greenman and techie makes some good points. PA is trying to make apple look great again by this article. I bet money if this would have been any of the other smartwatchs that the same thing could have been done on there would be no article.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Way smarter than you. For one I'm not a stupid fan of LeBron James. For what the Apple Watch costs it should have 3G. Notice I didn't me tion any other OEM. Igor what it costs it should have 3G. Consider the shock from a car accident and see his ar rolled over. Let's just take a hypothetical. Let's assume he was driving with the windows down and he got into an accident...his fault or not. As the car rolls his pbone goes flying out the window and passing cars run over it and keep going. Now what? If his watch had 3G he could make a call. Texts don't always go through or are often delayed. The Apple Watch costs more than most wearbles, yet has less features than them too. Much like their phones Now I will me tion an OEM. The Gear S does have 3G. So in the same situation, I could still make a voice call. I've rolled over in a car before even though I was not driving. I was also in my seat belt. I simply knuckled it and called 911. I am curious why he couldn't do the same? I asked a valid question.. I never said you were wrong or right. I simply gave my personal opinion. You're the one stupid because you had an issue with it. You tried to make it sound like th3 watch save his life. It didn't. In a different circumstance his phone could have been dead, and if he had to rely on his Apple Watch to live, he would be dead. ALL phones and wearbles can send SOS text messages. You made it sound like the Apple Watch was special. It isn't. My Gear can do the same. But not only can I send an SOS, I can actually dial 911 and talk with my voice to a real person. I'm on mobile and send texts a lot. Many never reach the person. A huge TMO issue they need to fix. In my case a text on TMO, may not have worked. At least with a call, you know it works or not. With texts you dont.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Even though I don't normally agree with Techie and his teachings, he often has a legit point...! Anyhow, I think that smartwatches and smartphones does more harm than good... Nearly 350,000 crashes out of 1.6 Million recored last year in The U.S were caused by... You guessed it... Cell Phones...! And according to statistics, 11 teens die every day due to texting or other distractions from their cellphone...https://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cause-of-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html So, in a nut shell, its like saying... Err... Well, that poison is a good painkiller...! Anyhow, glad that the kid was okay...! G'Day!

20. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Absolutely. That's the only thing that matters here. A young man doesn't lose his life, a family doesn't lose their son.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And yet, all of the knuckledraggers can only think about the Huawei Watch being able to do this and that.

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 31256; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@tedkord. Exactly ted, that's all that matters. There are no stupid ifs, only the reality that happened.

26. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Hey siri or ok google would had done the same work and even better because you could talk to them..

4. ThE_fLaSh

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 10, 2016

at least now it(watch) is worth its price!!! for the person ofcourse

11. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1831; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Gear S3 ftw...

14. Afterlife

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

If it was any other brand there won't be an article....i agree with your point

15. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Glad the kid is ok.

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