I am happy to learn that iPhone Emergency SOS is now available in New Zealand. I thought Apple only offered this potentially life-saving service in larger markets.
All the new iPhone 15 models will come with a two year subscription to Apple’s satellite-based emergency SOS service
Apple’s first NZ Emergency SOS rescue
Earlier this month saw Apple’s Emergency SOS service used for its first New Zealand rescue. Hikers walking near Arthurs Pass found themselves on the wrong side of a river which had risen to an unsafe crossing level.
They used the Emergency SOS service on an iPhone 14 to give rescuers their exact position. The West Coast Air Rescue Trust sent a helicopter to that lifted them to safety.Bill Bennett in his Download Weekly newsletter.
I researched more about this and found this interesting story on the 1 News NZ website: iPhone emergency feature used for first time in NZ river rescue.