Shorewood man credits Apple's Siri for saving his life

February 15, 2019 06:56 PM

A Shorewood man credits Apple's Siri on his iPhone for saving his life after he crashed his snowmobile on Lake Minnetonka late Saturday night.

John Henry III, 41, said he has snowmobiled for most of his life and had never had a crash until last weekend.

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"All of a sudden, 'Boom," he said. "I was up in the air, and the next thing you know I was aside of the snowmobile and I was on my back."

Henry hit a large pressure ridge in the dark near Big Island. He was left stunned on the ice in subzero temperatures. He has several broken ribs and also injured his back and shoulder. 

"I tried to get up and I couldn't get up the pain was too excruciating," Henry said. "I couldn't move. I yelled out a couple times I said, 'I don't want to die.'"

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Henry said he knew his cell phone was in his pocket but he couldn't reach it well enough to dial because of his injuries.

"I was hoping it would work because it was down by my waist so I said, 'Hey Siri, call 911.'"
The call went though.

Emergency responders pinged his cell phone signal and searched the area around where the call was made. It took about 45 minutes for them to find Henry.

"I easily could have woken up Sunday morning with five kids and no husband, so we are super thankful." Dana Henry, his wife, said. "I'm glad they took it seriously enough to send the helicopter out looking for him."

The family also wants to warn other snowmobilers about that big pressure ridge Henry hit. They say it's several feet high and crosses most of the lake in the area.

Hennepin County Sheriff's officials are reminding snowmobilers that the speed limit after sunset is 20 miles per hour. It's also always a good idea to travel with a fully charged cell phone and to avoid riding alone.

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