Greenville hiker credits app for saving his life

Published: Feb. 27, 2017 at 9:06 PM EST
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A hiker from Greenville is sharing his story of how an app saved his life when he and his dog got lost near Grandfather Mountain.

It was supposed to be a leisurely hike for Harrison Dandrea and his dog, but things didn't go as planned on that December day.

Fifteen minutes in to the hike with his dog DJ, Dandrea says heavy fog set in and he could barely see.

He knew he didn't have strong cell service, but decided to try out his Haven app by RapidSOS for the first time.

He says he hit the police button and 15 minutes after talking to someone, a park ranger came to the rescue.

Dandrea says, "You're just thinking of like the most craziest, scariest thing possible. I was so relieved to see the truck."

The Haven app sends the caller's GPS coordinates to the emergency official on the other line.

If you dial 9-1-1 from a cell phone, your GPS location is not automatically sent. Rather, the nearest cell tower location pops up on screen.

Dandrea says he had downloaded the app about six months before his hike.

Users can also send text messages through the app, which are read to dispatchers.