A man crashed his car and sunk into a canal, prompting his iPhone to send a distress signal to authorities. Police called it 'amazing technology' that saved his life.
A man's iPhone alerted Florida authorities when he got in a crash and stuck in a canal, per police.
The signal gave deputies coordinates to track the man down.
Deputies were able to rescue the man, who was trapped inside his submerged car.
A Florida man crashed and submerged into a canal leaving him trapped, authorities said, but a feature on his cell phone sent coordinates to the deputies who saved his life.
The incident happened near Indiantown, Florida after the 38-year-old unidentified victim swerved into the canal after attempting to "avoid an animal in the road," per the Martin County Sheriff's Office and NBC Bay Area.
Officials said that it was an SOS alert from his iPhone that notified police of the crash and gave police the coordinates of the accident.
The Emergency SOS feature calls local emergency services when activated by the user, Insider previously reported. The iPhone 14 series also has two extra features including crash detection and emergency SOS via Satellite.
Deputies were able to use Google to track the victim's location. Body camera footage shared by the sheriff's office shows the man's car upside down in the canal while deputies work to rescue him. The man, who was trapped inside the vehicle, could be heard yelling, "Please help."
After trying to calm the man down, the deputies were able to pull him out. He was transported to a local hospital to receive medical treatment, officials said.
"We would like to commend our brave deputies and incredible dispatchers for their perseverance and bravery locating and rescuing this crash victim using only coordinates automatically launched from the victim's phone. Amazing technology, and amazing work," the sheriff's office said in a statement.
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