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Swimmer stuck in freezing Columbia River uses Apple Watch to call for help

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A woman who got stuck while swimming in the freezing Columbia River used her Apple Watch to call emergency services, who quickly came to her aid.

The woman was swimming in the Columbia River on June 15 near The Dalles, Oregon, when her foot got stuck under rocks at the bottom of the river, according to a report from the local police department seen by 9to5Mac.

Due to continued rains in the area, police said the river was “extremely high”. The water temperature was also around 56 degrees around 6.30pm when officers showed up to report a swimmer in distress.

According to the report, the swimmer was near exhaustion and showing signs of hypothermia when authorities showed up.

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue Department personnel attempted to use a ladder to reach the swimmer and separate the rocks holding her foot. However, both attempts failed and the swimmer’s condition continued to deteriorate.

Finally, a local policeman decided to enter the river himself. He freed the swimmer’s stuck foot and helped her back to shore.

It’s far from the first time an Apple Watch has made it easier to rescue someone in need. People in emergency situations like car accidents and mugging attempts have used the mobile to call for help.

In January 2021, the Apple Watch also helped rescue a cyclist who fell into a river in the UK

Since the release of the Apple Watch Series 2 in 2016, the company’s wearables have been rated for swimming. The newer Apple Watch Series 7, for example, has water resistance of up to 50 meters. The wearable also incorporates emergency features such as fall detection and emergency SOS, which allow users to quickly call emergency services from their wrist.