The kayakers had gone kayaking at Ocean Park Beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico where due to rough ocean waves, they were knocked off their kayaks which subsequently sank, leaving them stranded in the water. Thankfully, one of the kayakers had an Apple Watch on and used the SOS feature to call the US Coast Guard who eventually managed to locate them and rescue them.
According to Petty Officer 3rd Class Austin Hornbruch, an Air Station Borinquen aviation survival technician, “The kayakers are very fortunate to have survived. The survivors were able to use a smart watch to communicate with 911 and Coast Guard watchstanders. After their kayaks sank, they were treading water in unfavorable sea conditions due to not having lifejackets.”
This is actually not the first time that the Apple Watch’s SOS feature has saved a life, and that’s in addition to other features like the heart rate monitor and ECG tool that have also managed to save the lives of many users.