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Cell phone decides crash in Shuswap requires response from emergency services

Chase RCMP head to crash coordinates in Sorrento but can’t find vehicle
Chase RCMP respond to iPhone’s crash detection notification on May 22, 2023 but can’t find collision in Sorrento. (Black Press Media file photo)

Chase RCMP responded to a crash notification from an iPhone recently, only to discover it was not the type of crash police were expecting.

On May 22 about 5:45 p.m., Chase RCMP received the notification as well as the coordinates of the crash. Heading to Sorrento, police conducted patrols there but couldn’t find a vehicle collision. Eventually, officers made contact with the owner of the phone. She explained the phone had been dropped on concrete and then fell into the lake.

Wrote Chase RCMP in a media release: “Apparently, iPhone’s Crash Detection feature interpreted this as a severe crash and connected directly to emergency services. The phone was fine.”

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Martha Wickett

About the Author: Martha Wickett

came to Salmon Arm in May of 2004 to work at the Observer. I was looking for a change from the hustle and bustle of the Lower Mainland, where I had spent more than a decade working in community newspapers.
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