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A diver who found an iPhone 11 at the bottom of a lake was astonished to find that it still worked after being down there for six months.
Clayton Helkenberg found the phone on the bottom of the lake in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia and even managed to reuinite the phone with its owner.
He found it along with some sunglasses, glass bottles and lighters, among other bits of rubbish. He also found a flip phone that must have been down there for years.
After he'd cleaned the phone up, he turned it on and was shocked to find it worked perfectly. It had been down there for six months when the owner had dropped it on a boat trip in September 2020.
Helkenberg said: "The find of the day was definitely the iPhone 11 which after getting home worked! I was able to get the phone number from the phone and tracked down the owner. We were able to meet up and reunite the owner with the phone."
He added: "I took it home, cleaned the dirt off of it, and it just turned right on, so it was pretty amazing."
The iPhone 11 was the property of Vancouver resident Fatemeh Ghodsi.
She was forced to leave her phone behind after staff at the park advised her it wouldn't be possible to find it.
She told CBC: "I was in a situation where I kind of lost balance and dropped it in the water."
When Clayton and his wife Heather reached out to her, she thought her friends were having her on, but when they finally convinced her, she decided to take the hour-long trip to Chilliwack to pick it up.
She added: "I was in complete shock, initially to start with. It was kind of like a zombie phone coming back to me, because I'd totally made peace with it being gone."
The iPhone 11 is supposed to be water resistant up to 1.5 metres (five feet) for about half an hour - but it looks like it's better than even Apple had anticipated in this instance.
Meanwhile, a skydiver who dropped his phone out of his trousers while chucking himself out of a plane was amazed to discover the phone still worked when he found it on the ground.
Kody Madro, 31, was amazed to find that it still worked after a 10,000 ft drop from the sky, although sadly it did eventually stop working two weeks later.
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