Introduced with the Apple Watch Series 4 last year, we’ve seen many cases in recent months saved by the fall detection feature, which is also present now on the Apple Watch Series 5.
Here is a new story from a hiker James Prudenciano and Paige Paruso, who went hiking in the mountains of a natural park located in New Jersey in the United States.
The young couple was hiking in Hartshorne Woods Nature Park, when it started to get dark, they started to descend from what they thought was a small slope, before realizing too late that it was ‘a cliff with a river below.
They both fell into the river, James broke his back in three places on rocks in the river, while Paige was more “lucky”, and was not seriously injured.
James, who was immobilized and screaming in pain, thought he was going to die, luckily he was wearing his Apple Watch Series 4, which detected the fall and automatically called for help.
The hiker (James Prudenciano) is only 28 years old, and normally at this age fall detection is disabled by default. Indeed, Apple has chosen to activate fall detection only for those who are over 65 years of age. In practice, by default, it is therefore disabled unless you have indicated your age on the Apple Watch or in the Health app, and you are 65 years of age or older. But James’ manual activation of this feature literally saved his life.