Man Recovers iPhone Lost at the Bottom of a River 10-Months Ago, Still in Working Condition

A UK man had dropped his iPhone into the River Wye near in August 2021.

Image credit: BBC

We often have heard stories where a mobile phone took a bullet and saved the device’s owner. And, we have also seen a phone surviving from a 10,000 feet+ drop from a plane. Along similar lines, in a new development, the man has been reunited with his smartphone after 10 months.

As per a report from BBC, a UK man who lost his iPhone 10 months ago in the river has recovered his phone. More importantly, the phone still works! 一 even after spending 10 months under the water. Most of the new iPhones are IP68 rated, which means they’re capable of withstanding up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. But, this might be one of those rare cases where the phone could survive. Let’s take a look at more details of this interesting turnaround.

Facebook Post Helps Man Reunite with his iPhone

According to the report, Owain Davies dropped the iPhone into the River Wye near Cinderford, Gloucestershire (UK) in August 2021. Back in August, Davies was canoeing (water sport) during a bachelor party. Earlier this year, Miguel Pacheco, another person who went canoeing with his family earlier this June picked up the lost device from the river and posted the same on online once it was dried. He did this to track the owner of the iPhone.

Pacheco, the person who found the device said he thought efforts wouldn’t do any good because the iPhone was full of water. However, he still dried it because he knew it could have stored sentimental data images. The person dried out the device with an air compressor before placing it into an airing cupboard to dry. When he put it on the charger the next morning, the background showed a picture of a man and woman, as well as August 13 — the date that the device fell into the water.

At this point, Pacheco couldn’t believe what happened as most phones usually won’t start up after spending time in the water. Next, he posted images on Facebook and the post was shared over 4,000 times. Eventually, friends of Davies and his fiancée Fiona recognized the images and contacted them. It was eventually returned in working order to the original owner of the device. Once the device was returned Owain Davies praised Pacheco for putting in the effort to save the device and then return it back.

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