One man says it’s a scientific miracle his iPhone is still working after it was covered in mud and weeds and dragged dripping wet from a river where he lost it ten months ago.
Owain Davies, 35, from Edinburgh, dropped his mobile phone when he and a pal fell overboard at a bachelorette party in Cinderford, Gloucestershire last summer.
Now it has been found in the fast-flowing, 20-foot-deep River Wye by Miguel Pachaco, who was canoeing with his young daughter and spotted “something blue” on the riverbed.
Amazingly, Mr Pachaco, 29, managed to turn it on after it dried and enlisted the help of his local Facebook group, Cinder Noticeboard, to try to locate the owner.
He wrote: “Found this iPhone while canoeing in the River Wye.
‘Looks like it’s been in the water since August last year because that’s the date on the front.
“I took it home, opened it up and air dried it and then left it in the drying cabinet overnight to dry properly.
“Charged it this morning and couldn’t believe my eyes. It actually works.
‘Would be nice to find the owner so don’t hesitate to share.’
The screensaver showed an image of a man and a woman and showed the date as August 13 – the day Owain lost his cell phone.
The post has been shared more than 4,000 times on social media.
Despite its owner not being on social media for months, the photo was eventually recognized by friends of Owain and his fiancé Fiona Gardner, who live in Edinburgh, and it has now been returned to him.
Mr Pachaco, from Drybrook, Glos, admitted: “I didn’t like it – it was full of water.
“But I did everything I could to dry it because there might have been sentimental things on it.
“I know if I lose my phone, I have a lot of pictures of my kids, I know I would want that back.
“After drying it, I charged it in the morning and just couldn’t believe it was still working.
Owain said: “I was in a two-man canoe and my partner probably shouldn’t have gotten up and of course we fell in.
“The phone was in my back pocket and as soon as it was in the water I realized it was gone.”
He was impressed that Mr. Pacheco had gone out of his way to get his phone back.
“My natural reaction would be to drop it off at the nearest pub. It wouldn’t be using my air compressor to dry and disassemble it.
“Seriously, I can’t believe it was returned to me in working order.”
According to Apple, the iPhone XS and XR models can be submerged in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes.
Apparently, the tech giant hasn’t tested whether it could submerge its devices in a river for almost a year. But it will probably be happy to hear the positive result.
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