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The Montrose Search and Rescue team tracks down two people stranded without cellphone signal after crashing in the Angeles National Forest. PHOTO: Montrose Search and Rescue Team

An iPhone feature is credited with helping crews find two people who were stranded two people who were stranded with zero cell service in the Angeles National Forest.

According to the Montrose Search and Rescue Team, a volunteer agency that assisted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with the rescue, the smartphone’s “emergency satellite service” feature notified crews that a car had gone off the road Tuesday afternoon. The announcement came despite the fact that none of the people involved in the crash had the signal to call 9-1-1.

When crews headed to the rescue scene, they learned that a car had fallen about 300 meters down the mountain face. The two people in the crash not only miraculously survived the fall, but they were also able to get out of the car and were conscious enough to use the phone’s emergency satellite service to communicate with emergency crews via text, according to Montrose Search and Rescue Squad.

Montrose Search and Rescue, Los Angeles County Fire Department and LASD responded to the scene and airlifted the two people — a man and a woman believed to be in their 20s — to safety and airlifted hospital.

The two people in the crash are believed to be recovering from minor to moderate injuries, according to Montrose Search and Rescue. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the two people pay to cover medical expenses from the horrific crash. Those looking to help can Click here for more information.




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