Due to the continuous rainfall in the area, the police said the water level in the river was very high. In addition, at about 6:30 pm that day, the water temperature of the river was also about 56 degrees Fahrenheit (about 13 degrees Celsius).
The swimmer was nearly exhausted and showed signs of hypothermia when rescuers showed up, according to the report.
Officers from the Central Columbia Fire and Rescue Department attempted to reach the swimmer with a ladder and pry off the rock holding her feet. However, both attempts were unsuccessful and the swimmer’s condition continued to deteriorate.
In the end, a local policeman decided to go down the river himself. He freed the swimmer’s stuck foot and assisted her on shore.
This obviously isn’t the first time the Apple Watch has helped rescue people in need. People have used the wearable to call for help in emergencies such as car crashes and attempted assaults.
The Apple Watch also helped save a cyclist who fell into a river in England back in January 2021.
Since the release of the Apple Watch Series 2 in 2016, the company’s wearables have been rated for swimming. The latest Apple Watch Series 7 is water resistant up to 50 meters. In addition, the wearable has emergency features such as fall detection and SOS, which allow users to quickly call emergency services from the wrist.