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Nobody was around when Bob Burdett fell from his bike while mountain biking at the Riverside State Park in Spokane, Washington. On our way, I got the second text saying his location had changed and his watch now showed him being at Sacred Heart.

A man has praised the technology of Apple Watches after one helped save his dad's life when he suffered a bad fall from his bike.

Gabe says that his father is doing well after the incident. The message, which had the location on the map, indicated that Burdett's father detected a "hard fall".

A get-off where you can walk your bike out of the mud, hop on, and go on your way is fine-but a serious head wound or other bad fall injury isn't something any of us want to try to handle on our own.

"My brother was presently driving by the healthcare facility when the 2nd update came in", about their dad's new locale, Gabe writes.

The Watch also sends an SOS to its user's emergency contacts including their location. He urged Apple Watch users in his Facebook post to take full advantage of its features, especially fall detection. For those unfamiliar, the fall detection service displays alerts and vibrates to get your attention so that you don't accidentally call 911 after you, say, slam your auto trunk harder than you meant to do.

Gabe Burdett posted to Facebook to share the unbelievable technology. While waiting for his father, Gabe received a message from his father's Apple Watch saying that it had "detected a Hard Fall".

The fall-detection feature "was the reason I bought the watch in the first place", he said.

Although Burdett was wearing a helmet at the time, the crash was severe enough to knock him unconscious.

Explaining how to activate the feature, Apple said: "Wrist Detection must be turned on for your watch to automatically call emergency services: Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch, tap Passcode, then make sure that Wrist Detection is turned on".

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