Fishermen claim that Siri saved their lives after their boat began sinking

While we love to hate Apple's virtual assistant, Siri, she has been hailed a hero by some fishermen in Florida, who claim that it saved their lives.

Though it seems like Siri is incapable of doing anything well aside from dishing out sass, the assistant is actually pretty good at making hands-free phone calls. (Reminder: it's 2017 and that's not very impressive.) Though simple, this feature did save lives this weekend.

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Three boaters ran into rough seas on Saturday morning while fishing four miles off of the coast of Key Biscayne, and Siri came to their rescue, according to Fox 4. Their 18-foot boat began to take on water in the rough seas, and the men quickly put on life jackets and attempted to call 911 before the boat sank. With cold, wet fingers, the men were unable to use their phone's touchscreen to call for help, so one of them used to power of Siri to make a call to 911.

"They had an iPhone 7, which I'm learning today is waterproof. However, he couldn't touch the screen with his fingers because they were cold, but he used Siri to call 911," Sgt. James Barrett told Fox 4 in what can only be described as an accdiental ad for the iPhone 7.

After calling 911, a coast guard chopper found the boaters and a diver stayed with them until the Miami-Dade police arrived to rescue them.

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A woman displays 'Siri', voice-activated assistant technology, on an Apple iPhone 4S in Taipei on July 30, 2012. Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University has filed a suit against US tech giant Apple, claiming the company's Siri intelligent assistant has infringed on two of its patents. AFP PHOTO / Mandy CHENG (Photo credit should read Mandy Cheng/AFP/GettyImages)
A woman tries to use 'Siri' voice-activated assistant software built into the Apple iPhone 4S March 13, 2012 in Washington, DC. An iPhone 4S buyer has sued Apple for promising more than it delivered. A suit filed in a California federal court argued that Apple advertising touting the wonders of Siri amounted to 'intentional misrepresentation' and unfair competition, according to documents available online Tuesday. Lawyers representing a New York City man who bought an iPhone 4S want class action status to represent millions of people who bought the latest generation Apple smartphone. The suit included Apple -- which runs showing people asking Siri to help them find restaurants, learn chords to songs, tie neck ties, and even figure out if there is a rodeo in town -- had disappointed some users. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: A man uses 'Siri' on the new iPhone 4S after being one of the first customers in the Apple store in Covent Garden on October 14, 2011 in London, England. The widely anticipated new mobile phone from Apple has seen customers queue in cities around the world for hours to be amongst the first to buy the device. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
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