Man rescued after instructing Siri to call 911

Published December 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Gabriela Baron

A man was rescued after instructing Siri to call 911 after his car plunged into an icy Winnebago River in Iowa, US.

According to Gael Salcedo, his car hit a patch of ice on the road and he lost control of it.

“I didn’t know where I was going and then I just didn’t know what to do. I was just thinking in my head ‘I think I’m going to die,'” he told KIMT.

Salcedo rolled the windows down, worried that his car would sink. He then reached out for help using Siri.

“I lost my phone and since I couldn’t find it, I was like ‘Hey Siri, call 911.’ And once Siri called, that’s when I found my phone finally,” recalled Salcedo.

Firefighters from Mason City arrived quickly. They approached the water-logged card from the passenger side, because the river current was pinning the driver’s side door shut.

“My hands were freezing. I couldn’t feel my legs anymore, so I was struggling a lot and the water was just so strong, so I kept tripping and I had the guy help me up a bunch of times and used all my strength to get out of the water,” he added,

The responders had to help Salcedo into the ambulance. He was taken to a nearby hospital and was released three hours later.