iPhone 14's Emergency SOS via Satellite Feature Saves California Hiker

Emergency SOS via Satellite, a feature introduced with the iPhone 14 models, over the weekend saved a hiker who was injured on a trail. As reported by ABC7, Juana Reyes was hiking a remote part of the Trail Canyon Falls in the Angeles National Forest when she suffered an accident.

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A part of the trail collapsed underneath her, breaking her leg. She had no cellular service, nor did the people who were with her, but she did have an ‌iPhone 14‌. "Thankfully, my phone has that SOS satellite feature I was able to connect to... I'm assuming satellites," she said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations Section was able to get to Reyes after receiving a satellite call. She was successfully air lifted to safety using a helicopter.


According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, three iPhone rescues have been conducted over the course of the year, one of which was in the same general area. Last December, a vehicle went over the side of a mountain on the Angeles Forest Highway in the Angeles National Forest, with Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via Satellite used to contact rescuers.

Emergency Satellite via SOS is available to all ‌‌‌iPhone 14‌‌‌ users, and it can be activated when an emergency situation occurs and there is no WiFi or cellular connection available. Emergency SOS via Satellite works in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK.

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Top Rated Comments

Bearxor Avatar
12 months ago

I'm glad they're okay, but how much would that cost...?!
Less than trying to find a millionaire on a homemade submarine.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
The_Interloper Avatar
12 months ago
As good as this feature is, I wonder how many people (hundreds? thousands?) have been saved/rescued over the years with zero publicity due to a Garmin InReach or similar device. Anyone hiking remote trails (or doing similarly risky outdoor activities) should have some form of satellite communicator.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
burgman Avatar
12 months ago

As good as this feature is, I wonder how many people (hundreds? thousands?) have been saved/rescued over the years with zero publicity due to a Garmin InReach or similar device. Anyone hiking remote trails (or doing similarly risky outdoor activities) should have some form of satellite communicator.
Included for free vs expensive device and plans. I carried an InReach device for years. After testing my iPhone satellite connection in places I go with no cell service, I cancelled my InReach plan. Of course the Garmin does more but Garmin nickels and dimes you. Major difference is no automatic fall or crash detection with InReach
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Motionblurrr Avatar
12 months ago

Ah, yes, 2023, where tweets about a rescue are as important as the rescue itself.
#winning #tigerblood #Ihatethetimewelivein
Still using hashtags like that? You're definitely stuck in 2011. ?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
12 months ago
Who would have thought iPhone is literally saving human lives? It’s just remarkable! ✨
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
redman042 Avatar
12 months ago
It's very comforting to me that I always have a way to reach help no matter how far my family is from a cell tower. It's an awesome feature.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)