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Rescuers find stranded Alaska man after using iPhone satellite feature

One of Apple’s latest iPhone features came in handy for a man who was stranded with no cell service in Northwest Alaska on Thursday morning.

The man was traveling on a snow machine from Noorvik to Kotzebue when he became trapped, according to the Alaska Department of Public Safety (ADPS). The distance between the two cities is approximately 42 miles.

He then activated his iPhone’s Emergency SOS via satellite feature, which alerted local authorities.

ADPS reported that local volunteer search and rescue personnel, working in coordination with the Apple Emergency Response Center, were deployed to the man’s location using GPS coordinates provided by Apple.

ADPS said search and rescue teams located the man and helped him to Kotzebue. He was unwell.

According to Apple, the new SOS feature is available on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. The company said it’s free for two years after the new device is activated.

The feature can be found in the device’s settings. Once activated, a user simply follows the onscreen instructions to connect to the satellite.

This isn’t the only feature on Apple’s latest iPhone that’s making headlines. The iPhone 14 also comes with a crash detection feature that will alert first responders if the phone detects a serious car crash.

In octoberThe passenger’s iPhone alerted first responders when a car crashed into a tree in Lincoln, Nebraska. Six people died after being buried under the debris.

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