Apple Watch saves cyclist swept into flooded river

A UK cyclist was swept off his bike into the swollen River Wye in Rotherwas, Hereford, on Thursday. He was carried a mile downstream, but managed to grab hold of a branch and speak to fire control using his Apple Watch.

With Emergency SOS on your Apple Watch, you can quickly and easily call for help and alert your emergency contacts.
With Emergency SOS on your Apple Watch, you can quickly and easily call for help and alert your emergency contacts.

When you make a call with SOS, your iPhone will call the local emergency number automatically. In some countries and regions, you may need to choose the service that you need. You can also add emergency contacts. After an emergency call has finished, your iPhone can alert your emergency contacts with a text message, unless you choose to cancel this option. Your iPhone sends them your current location, and, for a period of time when you have entered SOS mode, it sends updates to your emergency contacts when your location changes.

The Beeb:

Station commander Sean Bailey said he was “lucky” to have kept hold of the branch, adding: “We’re very surprised he didn’t lose his grip.”

“He was speaking to our fire control whilst he was clinging onto a tree, via his Apple Watch, which worked wonderfully well for us to actually get to him as quickly as possible.”

The man was rescued about one mile from where he went into the river, Mr Bailey said, adding he was “very quickly swept into the fast-flowing” part of the river… “It’s one of those things where your natural instincts, adrenaline, kicks in in order to be rescued.”

MacDailyNews Take: This lucky cyclist is yet another life saved, thanks to Apple Watch!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Alan Watson Featherstone” for the heads up.]


  1. I thought the AppleWatch turned into a tiny flotation device and helped him swim to safety. Anyway, he was very fortunate to be rescued. It sure beats yelling for help. They said he was swept off his bike, but he shouldn’t have been trying to cross some raging river on a bicycle. I’ve ridden through static water a couple of feet deep on my bike (when I was a teenager) but it was rather hard to control or even pedal. Bikes aren’t meant to become boats. No way I’d be getting close to any flowing river, not even in a car. I’ve seen what flash floods can do but some people are always trying to brave rushing water like they’re invulnerable to getting washed away.

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