The Apple Watch has been credited for saving the life of a Seattle woman who was allegedly buried alive by her estranged husband. Fortunately, she was able to call for help right before her Apple Watch was smashed with a hammer.
Reports say the woman was able to call 911 and send an emergency notification when her husband shortly left her alone after the attack, just before he dragged her to the garage and broke her watch using a hammer.
Escape from shallow grave
In a report from NBC News on October 21, the Washington state woman was allegedly buried after talking to her husband about their impending divorce and money.
Upon placing the call to emergency services, the woman, who sounded gagged, was screaming for help. Later on she told officials her husband was trying to kill her. After managing to escape, she was found to have “duct tape still wrapped around her neck, lower face and ankles. There was extensive bruising to her legs, arms and head and her clothing and hair were covered in dirt.”
The woman’s husband, Chae Kyong An, 53, now faces a number of charges including first-degree attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree assault.
Kyong An has not been formally charged yet, but a judge granted the prosecutor’s request to hold him without bail.
One of the violent and horrible scenarios
This is really not the first time that an Apple Watch has been credited with helping save a life, but this one can be considered as one of the most horrible and violent cases that the wearable has been involved so far. It wasn’t mentioned whether the woman had an iPhone within reach, but considering her hands were bound, there was no doubt the Apple Watch was the best and her only method for calling for help.
The Apple Watch has an Emergency SOS feature which allows a person to call emergency medical services especially when they don’t have an iPhone onhand, or when they simply cannot move enough to use it. Fall Detection, a similar lifesaving feature, can automatically call for help when its wearer takes a bad fall and is unable to call 911 within a minute.