Tim Blakey appeared on Good Morning Britain as he talked about his solo skiing experience in Switzerland when the ground gave way to him and he fell
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A man has explained how his phone saved his life after he fell 15ft deep while he was skiing off the piste.
Tim Blakey was skiing alone in Switzerland when the ground gave way to him and he fell.
“Somehow I landed on a snow bridge,” he said during an appearance on Good Morning Britain today. “It’s the same size as my board.
“For the first few moments, I tried to call for help…it took four or five minutes before I realized that no one was coming.”
Speaking to hosts Kate Garraway and Adil Ray, he said he has an “intermittent 3G connection” and that his phone’s battery is only 3%.
After trying to text a friend, he remembered the ‘five click function’ on his phone.
“I remember hearing about this five-click function, which automatically dials emergency services,” he said. “It’s very efficient – it doesn’t go through the UK, just goes straight to Switzerland. Contact the emergency services in Switzerland. The phone operator was very helpful, obviously… “
Kate interjected: “So they picked up the phone and talked to you?”
“They picked up the phone and talked to me,” he said.
Take out your phone, Tim showed you how to do it on your phone using the power button.
He clicked it five times and the phone asked if he needed urgent help.
A rescue volunteer, Michael Schwarz, was at the Saas-Fee ski resort when he received an emergency call, providing Tim’s location.
Michael led the rescue team and had a helicopter to bring them to a location near where Tim had fallen.
Tim also recalls seeing cracks in the ice when it was a warm day, fearing he wouldn’t have much time until he fell again.
Thankfully, 45 minutes after Michael received the call, Tim was rescued and was on his way to the hospital.
The only injury he had was an injured ligament in his ankle.
Speaking on Instagram, he said: “A week ago to now, my appreciation for life has changed dramatically. Michael and his team literally saved my life. I I still don’t know how I will repay him and the Swiss rescue services.”
“17 years snowboarding and most of that time spent solo and off-piste. Never solo again.
“A final thank you to Apple [and] their side button five clicks to get to emergency services – especially great when your screen is constantly dripping. “
* Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/snowboarder-shows-how-phones-safety-26654375 Snowboarder shows how his phone's safety feature saved his life after he fell 15ft