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Woman uses smart watch to call 911, rescue husband from dangerous cold waters

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SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WNEM) -

Authorities say a woman used her smart watch to call for help as she tried to rescue her husband from dangerous cold waters. 

The South Haven Area Emergency Services said they were called Monday morning to River Norie Yacht Club in the city of South Haven for reports of a 61-year-old man who had fallen off his boat and was still in the water.

Investigators said the man was trying to get off the boat when he slipped on the dock and fell into the Black River. The water temperature was 42 degrees, officials said.

The man’s wife quickly threw a ring to him and pulled him to the swim platform, but was unable to pull him out.

“Due to the extreme cold water the man was barely able to hold onto the swim platform while his wife was holding his head above the water,” the department wrote on Facebook.

Officials said the man’s wife was unable to let go of the man to retrieve her phone without him drowning, so she called 911 from the smart watch on her wrist. Several first responders raced to the dock within minutes of the call and helped pull the “almost lifeless” man from the water.

He was treated by paramedics and taken to Bronson South Haven emergency room.

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