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92-year-old farmer survives 21-foot fall from ladder, credits Apple Watch for saving his life

After the fall, he tried to roll to his truck, but it was several hundred feet away and there were no other people around. So, he spoke to the Apple Watch on his wrist.

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A farmer in Nebraska said his Apple Watch saved his life when it automatically alerted rescuers after he fell off a ladder, plunging 21 feet to the ground below.

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Jim Salsman, 92, is now recovering from a broken hip and other fractures at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln.

Salsman climbed the ladder a month ago to secure a grain bin from pigeons. He said when he went up the ladder, everything was fine, but then the wind pushed his ladder about 2 feet.

"It was just a dumb, stupid mistake on my part," said Salsman.

He said after he hit the ground, he was in a lot of pain. He tried to roll to his truck, but it was several hundred feet away and there were no other people around. So, he spoke to the Apple Watch on his wrist.

"I talked into it, 'Hey Siri Jim Salsman, hurt bad on the farm,'" he said.

What Salsman didn't realize is that the device, equipped with a fall alert system, had already sent an alert to the Grant Volunteer Fire Department. They responded that they were on their way and found Salsman using GPS.

Ron Salsman was able to visit his father recently by calling him on the phone, as he stood outside the hospital window. He said his father is tough.

"They've lived through droughts and blizzards, and getting cattle in the middle of the night in cold winter weather, so they just had to deal with a lot of adversity over time. And it just becomes a part of them I think," Ron said.

Jim Salsman will continue treatment and therapy until he's ready to return home.