California rescuers say the Find my iPhone feature helped save a woman after 200 feet. crashed

Apple’s Find My iPhone feature helped rescue a woman whose vehicle was involved in a traffic accident in Southern California.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department wrote on Facebook Monday that firefighters were dispatched to a reported traffic accident on Highway 18 north of 40th Street that day.

A person who placed a 911 call reported finding a vehicle over the side and well off the roadway.

This call was “coordinated with an ‘Over the Side Rescue’ assignment” to bring in additional personnel and equipment.

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Three locomotives, a heavy ambulance company and a battalion commander responded at 6:12 a.m. PT.

The department said crews found a vehicle about 200 feet under the roadway.

Paramedics located an adult female with serious injuries and crews instituted advanced life support while arriving rescuers set up a rope system to safely lift the victim and rescuers.

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The firefighters used special Urban Search & Rescue equipment. Included with this equipment was a winch hoist system to safely hoist members up.

After the patient was brought to safety, he was loaded into a waiting ambulance for transport to a local trauma center.

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“The patient was likely to have been in her crashed vehicle overnight after leaving a family reunion. Family members became concerned after not speaking to her this morning and used Apple’s “Find my iPhone” feature to track her whereabouts. Investigating the phone’s location, they found the vehicle over the side [and] Called 911,” the department said.

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