Thankfully, a terrifying situation wound up having a happy ending, thanks to an apple watch according to  William Rogers, a tech schoolteacher, is a lifelong ice skater.  This past weekend, he decided to take to a section of the Salmon Falls River in Somersworth and fell through the ice. Rogers told wmur “First thing I did was try to walrus up on the ice knowing that I needed to get out of the water as quickly as possible and the ice just kept breaking underneath me. I remember telling myself ‘Ok, don’t panic. Don’t Panic. Figure out what your options are here.”

In an astounding measure of self-control, Rogers called 911 on his Apple Watch. My wife is a big techie and loves her Apple products and I was giving her grief over the apple watch.  I thought it was over the top, but she is a huge Apple fangirl.  Now I am rethinking the usefulness of this device.  I look at my laptop as my email machine still, but could a watch save my life?  My wife will now be unbearable after this story.

Somersworth firefighters arrived on the scene within 5 minutes of the call and rescued Rogers by throwing him a line.  Falling through ice is a situation where seconds count.  Firefighters caution not to go on the ice in warmer weather and going in ice on a river is really chancy.  Even for those who have lived in the area and are accustomed to ice skating and ice fishing, there is still a danger so don’t go alone and if you do, make sure your apple watch is working.


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