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I was saved from being stabbed by an iPhone feature

A WOMAN has said she was saved from knifepoint rape thanks to an iPhone feature.

Kelli Worst credits the iPhone’s Emergency SOS feature with saving her life when she was attacked by a man in the middle of the night.

Kelli used the iPhone's Emergency SOS feature to call the police after she was attacked

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Kelli used the iPhone’s Emergency SOS feature to call the police after she was attackedPhoto credit: Getty

The Virginia woman was leaving a beach around 2 a.m. after a party with friends when a stranger approached her and asked for help locating his iPhone.

“He said he was in the military and not from around here and I immediately thought of my brother who is in the military,” Kelli told reporters at Wavvy in a disturbing interview.

She added: “I thought he probably has to report somewhere in the morning. He’ll be in trouble if he doesn’t get there. I just felt sorry for him and wanted to help him, and honestly, when he told me he was in the military, I felt safe.”

Kelli became suspicious when the man repeatedly asked her to call his iPhone, and the phone’s “Find My” feature said the number was invalid.

Then the man is said to have made sexual gestures towards her.

At that point, Kelli said, she turned and started to walk away, but only managed to take about five steps before he “came up to me and covered my mouth and nose and threw me on the ground and put me face down.” nailed in the sand.”

She managed to reach for her iPhone and activate the SOS feature by holding down the side and volume buttons and then swiping the screen.

The police could hear everything that was happening and dispatched officers to the scene when the man ran away.

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“Having my phone in my hand and knowing how to activate the SOS function saved my life,” she said.

Last month Brit Tim Blakely, 41, shared how his iPhone saved his life after he fell into a crevasse while snowboarding on a Swiss mountain.

After falling about 15 feet, he was able to alert emergency services thanks to the phone’s ability.

He wrote on Instagram: “Thanks to @apple whose side button is five clicks to emergency services – especially great when you’re constantly dripping drops on your screen.”

45 minutes later, rescuers were able to pull the personal trainer out of the crevasse and he escaped the ordeal with only a injured ankle ligament.

The iPhone's Emergency SOS feature alerts the cops who came to Kelli's aid

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The iPhone’s Emergency SOS feature alerts the cops who came to Kelli’s aidCredit: Alamy

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