IPhone emergency service helps rescue pair after crash in southern California forest

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Two people who crashed their car off the side of a mountain in California’s Angeles National Forest on Wednesday were rescued using the emergency satellite service on their iPhone 14.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Montrose Search and Rescue Team tweeted an image of first responders at the crash site and video showing the helicopter that was able to hoist the pair out of the remote Monkey Canyon.

“This afternoon at approximately 1:55 PM, the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station received a call from the Apple emergency satellite service,” the team said. “The informant and another victim had been involved in a single vehicle accident on Angeles Forest Hwy near mile marker 18.87, Angeles National Forest. Their vehicle had gone off the side of the mountain, approximately 300 feet. They were in a remote canyon with no cellular phone service.”

The victims were able to extricate themselves from the car before they used the emergency satellite service on the iPhone 14 to communicate with a relay center via text message.

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The Montrose Search and Rescue Team tracks down two people stranded after a crash in the Angeles National Forest

The Montrose Search and Rescue Team tracks down two people stranded after a crash in the Angeles National Forest
(LASD Montrose Search and Rescue Team)

“The center contacted our station who dispatched us, Los Angeles County Fire Department, patrol units and [the Los Angeles Sheriff Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau] Air Rescue 5. The call center gave us an accurate latitude and longitude for the victims,” ​​the team continued.

Air Rescue 5 was then able to locate the victims and “insert a paramedic,” who learned that the patients had mild-to-moderate injuries.

The patients were a woman and a man in their mid-20s.

The LASD Air Rescue 5 hoisted the injured passengers

The LASD Air Rescue 5 hoisted the injured passengers
(LASD Special Enforcement Bureau)

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The helicopter was able to hoist the victims out of the canyon and transport them to a local area hospital.

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The Special Enforcement Bureau shared additional videos of the rescue on social media.

An aerial view of Monkey Canyon in Angeles National Forest

An aerial view of Monkey Canyon in Angeles National Forest
(LASD Special Enforcement Bureau)

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Apple’s Emergency SOS safety service is available for iPhone 14 users in the US and Canada.

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