Washington man credits Apple Watch for saving his father's life

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SPOKANE, Wash. (WTHR) – A Washington man is crediting the Apple Watch for helping save his father's life after a biking accident.

Gabe Burdett shared the story on Facebook.

Burdett said he was waiting for his father at their meeting spot in Riverside State Park when Burdett received a text from his father's Apple Watch reading, "detected a hard fall," with his location.

His father had flipped his bike at the bottom of Doomsday Hill, hit his head and was knocked out until his ambulance ride.

Burdett said the Apple Watch had called 911 with his location and EMS was transporting him to the hospital in under half an hour.

"Dad is doing great, clear X-Rays and CT scan, but a little sore for sure!" Burdett wrote on Facebook.

Now, he's advising everyone who owns an Apple Watch to make sure the "hard fall detection is turned on.

"IF YOU OWN AN APPLE WATCH, set up your HARD FALL detection—it's not just for when you fall off a roof or a ladder," Burdett said. "Had he fallen somewhere on the High Drive trails or another remote area, the location would have clued EMS in on where to find him. Amazing technology and so glad he had it!"

Burdett's Facebook post has been shared more than 403,000 times.

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