A student in Iowa narrowly escaped drowning after he drove his auto into a river, and managed to call for help by saying: "Siri, call 911!"18-year-old Gael Salcedo lost control of his truck as he drove across a bridge over the Winnebago River on Wednesday, which plunged into the water and began to sink.Salcedo said he tried to find his phone to call for help, but couldn't see it".
Gael Salcedo was driving to college in Iowa when his Jeep hit a patch of ice on the road and veered into the freezing Winnebago River. Salcedo lost alter of his vehicle - he became to the lawful and from there, the entire lot went blurry, he acknowledged. And that's when he realized he couldn't find his phone. Unable to locate his phone, Salcedo had the awareness to use the "Hey Siri" feature on his iPhone to call 911.
He told United States news service KIMT3 he thought he was going to die as he was unable to find his phone to call for help - but then had the presence of mind to use his phone's voice assistant to call for help. "I didn't know where I was going and then I just didn't know what to do", he told CBS affiliate KIMT.
Officials with the Mason City Fire Department arrived at the scene quickly, but the river current immobilized the driver's side door shut.
Explaining his ordeal, Salcedo said "My hands were freezing". There was a similar story back in 2017 involving a woman who used "Hey Siri" to call for help after her 1-year-old daughter stopped breathing. I'll be right there with you holding on every step of the way'.
That's when his quick-thinking kicked in, and Salcedo called on Siri, Apple's voice-activated virtual assistant, to reach out for help for him.
He was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for shock before being released several hours later. "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".