While we love to hate Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri, she has been hailed a hero by some fishermen in Florida, who claim that it saved their lives.
Though it seems like Siri is incapable of doing anything well aside from dishing out sass, the assistant is actually pretty good at making hands-free phone calls. (Reminder: it’s 2017 and that’s not very impressive.) Though simple, this feature did save lives this weekend.
Three boaters ran into rough seas on Saturday morning while fishing four miles off of the coast of Key Biscayne, and Siri came to their rescue, according to Fox 4. Their 18-foot boat began to take on water in the rough seas, and the men quickly put on life jackets and attempted to call 911 before the boat sank. With cold, wet fingers, the men were unable to use their phone’s touchscreen to call for help, so one of them used to power of Siri to make a call to 911.
“They had an iPhone 7, which I’m learning today is waterproof. However, he couldn’t touch the screen with his fingers because they were cold, but he used Siri to call 911,” Sgt. James Barrett told Fox 4 in what can only be described as an accdiental ad for the iPhone 7.
After calling 911, a coast guard chopper found the boaters and a diver stayed with them until the Miami-Dade police arrived to rescue them.