May 02, 2017 08:28 AM EDT
A Florida fisherman caught into rough sea four miles off the coast of Key Biscayne on Saturday morning could not use his fingers to call for help because it was too cold. He instead used Siri to call 911 using his iPhone 7. At the same time, the fisherman found out his iPhone 7 is waterproof, Sgt. James Barrett recalls.
The waves were too high for their 18-foot boat. Soon, it started to take on water, leading the fisherman and two of his friends to put on life jackets before the vessel sinks, according to Mashable. The fisherman commanded Siri to call 911 which led to their rescue by a Coast Guard helicopter that sent a diver to help the three who were pulled into safety by the Miami-Dade Police, Fox reports.
9To5Mac reports that it is not the first time that Siri was helpful in emergencies. In March, Siri and TouchID helped a four-year-old boy connect with emergency services after his mother lost consciousness. The Brit boy first unlocked his mother’s iPhone using her thumbprint. He then asked Siri to call 999, the number for London’s emergency service equivalent to 911.
Thirteen minutes after Siri called 999, the police officers arrived at the house and forced their way inside. They found the boy with his twin brother and a younger sibling inside the same room as their mother who was lying unconscious on the floor. The officer provided first aid that made the woman regain consciousness. Afterward, they brought the woman to the hospital for further treatment.
Meanwhile, the tech website reports that in comparison to the voice assistant of Samsung, Google, and Amazon, Siri has the most number of languages supported. The Apple digital assistant speaks over 20 languages with localized accents. The list includes English, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Japanese.
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