This is a hard one to write because I did something really stupid which almost cost me my life. It's hard to talk about it. All ended well and the watch was a huge part of it. I am writing about it because I want to tell you when it comes to water, do not risk trying to drive through it.
On Friday, Sept. 1, I was running late and moving down my road a little faster than normal at 7:30 in the morning. Overnight we received the storm that Houston had just gone through and it rained very hard over night...harder than I had realized. The Nashville area had four tornado touch downs. On one side of the road there is a large field and on the back side of that there is a large creek which feeds the Cumberland river here in Tennessee. About 1/2 mile down my road the road drops and the creek had overflowed it, and made a lake out of the field and it covered the road. So here I come around this curve doing about 50 MPH in my Jeep and I hit the water and I slowed down and I'm doing OK until I hit that drop in the lower part of the road. I tried to reverse but just as I'm trying the water gets under the jeep and I'm swept further down the road and the jeep cuts off and begins to fill with water. I call 911 on my AXON 7 and told them where I was and started to try to get out. By this time the water is up to my shoulders and I drop the Axon 7 and continue to try to open the door What I did not realize is the Jeep had come to rest next to a small tree which prevented me from opening the door. I got over to the passenger door and the water up to my neck and I tried the door and it's not opening. I start to fumble for my knife in the center console to cut open the soft top. I can't find it and I'm really in trouble. Somehow I remembered that in this situartion to roll down the window to open the door or go out the window. When I rolled it down the door opened and I escaped. At this point, the Jeep is totally under water and the roof is only a few inches below the surface. so I managed to get up on top of the roof. It's still raining and the current is strong but the jeep is no longer moving. So I'm sitting there, calming down a bit and I realize I've got the Quartz on my wrist..I call 911 back and they are having a hard time understanding me because the watch had been submerged but I could hear them just fine. I shook the watch and they could hear me a little better and they said they had a track on me via the GPS. It took them almost an hour to find me, get the boat in the water and come get me.
Without that watch, I may have been siting there fo hours or possibly worse. The two things I want to say again here is, never take a chance driving through water, it could be higher than you think. The other thing is, when someone says. "What do you need a watch with a phone on it for?", you can tell them my story. The watch literally mad a huge difference in how things turned out.