My iPhone saved my life – everyone needs to learn the ‘5 clicks’ trick

A Briton who plunged into a crevasse while snowboarding has told the incredible story of how his iPhone saved his life.

Tim Blakely, 41, was climbing 10,000ft alone in an off-piste Swiss mountain when he fell 15ft into a hidden hole in the ice.

He would have fallen farther and probably died had he not landed on a fragile snow bridge below.

Writing on Instagram on March 27, Blakely described how her iPhone’s Emergency SOS feature came to her rescue.

Activated with a few quick button presses, the tool automatically calls the local emergency number and sends them your location.

“The past week has been a wave of emotion and soul searching and I don’t really know what to make of this experience,” Blakely wrote.

“Thanks to @apple, their five-click side button to emergency services – especially great when your screen is constantly dripping.”

Writing on Instagram on March 27, Tim described how his iPhone's Emergency SOS feature came to his rescue.
Writing on Instagram on March 27, Blakely described how her iPhone’s Emergency SOS feature came to her rescue.
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Although he ended up several feet below the surface of the ice, Blakely said he still had a 3G connection.

His phone was able to alert the Swiss emergency services of his position even though he only had 3% of the battery left.

It apparently took him 20 minutes to reach someone.

Tim said he was now back in London
Blakely said he returned to London “relatively unscathed”.
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They told him not to move and, following the call, the New Zealand-born adrenaline junkie gingerly took pictures of what could easily have been his final resting place.

Forty-five minutes later, rescuers managed to pull the personal trainer out of the crevasse and he escaped the ordeal with only an injured ankle ligament.

Blakely said he returned to London “relatively unscathed”.

Blakely said his phone saved his life and the thought of not having access to it at the time “kept me awake at night”.

He advised others not to be so careless.

“Seventeen years of snowboarding, and the majority of those times spent a lot of time solo and off-piste. Never solo again.

“No matter how experienced you think you are, it’s no joke.”

“I was drawn in by a false sense of security which also led me to be very jaded about researching the areas I snowboard in.”

He added: “It’s not fair to say ‘my luck has run out’ because the circumstances of my survival clearly show that I have cashed in every last lucky token at my disposal.”

How to Make an SOS Call on iPhone

When the call ends, your iPhone pings the emergency service with your current location, unless you choose to cancel.
When the call ends, your iPhone pings the emergency service with your current location, unless you choose to cancel.

On iPhones without a Home button:

  1. Press and hold the side button and either volume button until the Emergency SOS slider appears.
  2. Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services. If you continue to hold the Side button and the Volume button, instead of dragging the slider, a countdown begins and an alert sounds.
  3. If you hold down the buttons until the countdown ends, your iPhone will automatically call emergency services.

On iPhone 7 or earlier:

  1. Quickly press the side button five times. The Emergency SOS slider will appear.
  2. Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services.
  3. If you made an emergency call by accident, tap the End button, then tap End call.

When the call ends, your iPhone pings the emergency service with your current location, unless you choose to cancel.

If location services are turned off, they will turn on temporarily.

His mobile was able to alert the Swiss emergency services of his position even though he only had 3% of his battery left.
His phone was able to alert the Swiss emergency services of his position even though he only had 3% of the battery left.
Instagram/@mrtimblakey

If your location changes, your contacts will receive an update and you will receive a notification approximately 10 minutes later.

To stop updates, tap the status bar and select “Stop sharing emergency location”.

If you keep sharing, you’ll get a reminder to stop every four hours for 24 hours.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.

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