James Prudenciano, 28, was on a hiking date with Paige Paruso at Hartshorne Woods Park in New Jersey. The pair fell through some thorns and onto a cliff. Their plan was to slide down the cliff in hopes they would find solid ground.
The plan fell through when they saw there was nothing under them but rocks and the Navesink River. Prudenciano told News 12 New Jersey in an interview,
We got to the bottom and that’s when it was life or death,” Prudenciano says. “I looked down and I noticed it was a straight drop to rocks and water.”
While the couple were hanging on the cliff for dear life, Paruso dropped down into the river. She was able to let Prudenciano know that she was okay. It was at that point that Prudenciano’s Apple Watch detected a hard fall and called 911. Prudenciano lost his grip and fell into the river. He sustained three fractures in his back, some scratches, and thorns stuck in his foot.
Rescuers were able to find the couple and get them to safety. Prudenciano credits the Apple Watch for saving their lives that day. Without it, the two could have surely lost their lives.
This incident was apparently not the first time an Apple Watch was given credit for saving a life. Back in September Gabe Burdett was to meet his father, Bob, for a mountain biking trip. While waiting for his father, Gabe received a message to his own Apple Watch from Bob’s,
Emergency SOS Bob Burdett called emergency services from this approximate location after Apple Watch detected a hard fall.”
As it turns out, Bob had fallen off his bike and was knocked unconscious. Thanks to his Apple Watch calling 911, Bob was able to receive quick care and made a full recovery.
If there is nothing else an Apple Watch can do, it’s worth the money for its life-saving features alone. You can get your own on Apple’s website starting at $399.