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Fishermen Battling A Storm Say Apple’s Siri Saved Their Lives

Three fishermen navigating off the coast of southeast Florida said iPhone’s Siri feature saved them Saturday after a storm sank their boat.

The three men were sailing near Key Biscayne when their 18-foot boat started getting hit with large waves, reports a local Fox News affiliate. As the watercraft started to fill with water, the boaters put on life jackets.

Eventually the boat sank, and one of the men tried to use his phone to manually call 911, but was unable to. He then turned to Siri, the personal assistant computer program embedded on most of Apple’s iPhones. (RELATED: People Prefer Soothing Young Female Voices For AI Robots)

“They had an iPhone 7, which I’m learning today is waterproof,” said Sgt. James Barrett, according to Fox 4 Miami. “However, he couldn’t touch the screen with his fingers because they were cold, but he used Siri to call 911.”

After successfully contacting the police, a coast guard chopper embarked on a search for the men and ultimately found them.

A four-year-old boy from just outside of London was reportedly able to use Siri in March to save her mother’s life. The toddler used his mother’s fingerprint to unlock the iPhone, and then asked Siri to call 999 (Britain’s 911 service) after her mother suddenly fell unconscious before her three very young children.

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