Police raid gym after Apple watch mishears personal trainer’s words
A boxer’s Siri misheard him and called emergency services
A personal trainer’s Apple watch mistakenly sent out an emergency distress call which led to a police raid on a gym in Sydney.
Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri which is found on watches and iPhones, was activated on Jamie Alleyne’s watch while he was training a client.
The Muay Thai fighter and boxing trainer was sparring with his first client of the day at 7.45am on Tuesday when Siri misheard his words “1, 1-2, nice shot” as a call for help.
Siri called 112, the international code which transfers to Australia’s emergency line, and police and ambulance were deployed to the scene.
A police officer entered the gym in the Sydney suburb of Gladesville as he explained they had received a report that shots had been fired and asked who else was in the facility.
Alleyne said that: “the next minute about 15 officers including undercovers showed up, with several ambulances parked out the front.”
The force said that a Jamie Alleyne had made the call.
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He told police that it wasn’t possible as he didn’t have his phone with him but when he checked, he found a call to 112 and a voicemail from New South Wales Ambulance saying his call had been received and ambulance crews had been sent.
Alleyne said the pressure of the boxing pads must have pressed the side button of his watch and activated Siri.
The boxer added he was “very impressed” by the response time for the emergency services.
“They were out here so fast – their response time was amazing,” he told news.com.au. “I commend them for that — but thankfully it wasn’t anything serious.”
Andrew Parnham, the gym owner, who was on holiday abroad, saw the funny side when Alleyne rang him to explain.
Parham posted images on social media showing police inside and outside the gym, with the caption, “Me: Are you boys gonna be OK while I’m away? Boys: Sure boss, take as long as you and the family need. Next minute... ”
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