An iPhone discovered by a diver in South Carolina this week still works more than a year after it fell to the bottom of a river.
Located by diver Michael Bennett in a video for his YouTube channel Nugget Noggin, the iPhone was protected by a waterproof case despite spending over 12 months inthe Edisto River.
I came across something that looked kind of like a rope maybe attached to car keys, and when I pulled it up, I seen a phone inside of a waterproof case and Im like, No way, this is unbelievable, Bennett told local news outlet WDAM 7.
To Bennetts surprise, the phone still worked. The YouTuber then undertook the seemingly impossible task of locating the phones owner.
We charged the phone, Bennett said. When it turned on, it had a passcode, so you couldnt get inside.
The diver eventually learned the identity of the iPhones owner by placing the phones SIM card into another device, allowing him to see the womans contact information.
That woman, Erica Bennett, had dropped the phone in the water in June of 2018 while on a trip with her family.
Little did the diver know, Ericas phone had sentimental value for her given that it contained her late fathers final texts.
Although the screens brightness had been affected by the incident, Erica was still able to see the texts after having the phone returned to her.
It was kind of emotional because the last thing I have from him is saying, Hey Im playing phone tag with you, so I just figured I just text you, how are you feeling? And I think he had called me after that, she said. Im pretty sure it was Fathers Day.
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