A New Jersey man was saved by his Apple Watch when he fell off a cliff and broke his back.

New Jersey Man Saved by Fall Detection in Apple Watch

James Prudenciano and Paige Paruso were hiking out in Hartshorne Woods Park when they noticed dark and visibility was dropping. The couple began sliding down to what they assumed was a drop, but they were heading down a cliff to the Navesink River.

Both Paige and James fell, and James broke his back in the process. He recalled how he thought he was going to die and thought that there was no way out of the situation, and started saying his goodbyes.

Fortunately for James, Apple Watch detected the fall and automatically called 911. Paige and James were rescued by boat and treated in a hospital. The 28-year old manually activated his Fall Detection feature, which is off by default for owners who are under 65 years of age.


Samantha is a senior news editor at iLounge. She has been covering the technology industry for over five years, writing about Apple, Google, and other major companies. Samantha has also worked as a reporter and editor for several other publications.