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911 dispatchers have been receiving a surge of accidental calls from iPhones that have the “Emergency S.O.S.” feature enabled. Many calls have been originating from phones left in boats and beach chair cup holders. Dispatchers frequently answer the calls and hear nothing, but garbled conversations. The accidental calls often prevent them from responding to actual emergencies. Some sheriff’s offices are asking users to disable the S.O.S. feature.

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