Siri saved the life of Iowa teenager driver when his car fell into the freezing water
A 18-year-old driver from Iowa could have died in his car fallen to the water if the telephone assistant had not saved his life on time. “Siri, call 911” – that what he screamed when his car lost control.
Gael Salcedo from Charles City, Iowa, was heading to the North Iowa Area Community College when his vehicle ran into the patch of ice on the road. The teenager lost control on his car and panicked. But he made a simple think that eventually saved him from dying in the cold winter water.
According to Salcedo’s words, first he turned the car to the right, then everything “went blurry”. The car fell into Wennibago River, which by that moment of the year was already covered with ice crust.
"I didn’t know what to do, I was just thinking in my head, 'I think I’m going to die'.
"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."
Gael rolled down the windows of his car fearing that the car would drown. But the water and ice around him was subfreezing. The force of the river flow made it impossible to open the door from the driver’s side.
The Fire Department crew arrived at the scene quite quickly.
Mason City Fire Department's Lieutenant Craig Warner said he told Mr Salcedo, "You're going to have to walk out, I’ll be right there with you holding on every step of the way."
By this point the teen's hands were freezing and he had lost the feeling in his legs:
"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 I used all my strength to get out of the water," Salcedo, whose hands by that moment were freezing and who he had lost the feeling in his legs, told KIMT3.
Salcedo thanked everybody who saved him and was treated for shock at a local hospital but was soon discharged.