According to the BBC, Owain Davies dropped his iPhone in the River Wye, near Cinderford, Gloucestershire in August 2021. At the time, Davies was attending a party in a canoe. However, the story does not end here. In early June, Miguel Pacheco found the device while canoeing down the river. Pacheco took it home, dried it, and posted photos online in the hopes of finding the owner of the device.
Pacheco thinks his efforts may go nowhere because the iPhone is all water. However, he still dried it because he thought it might contain a lot of important data.
“I know if I lose my phone, I’ll want to get back a lot of the pictures of my kids stored on it”, he said.
He used an air compressor to dry the iPhone before placing it in a blower. When plugged in the next morning, the screen showed a picture of a man and a woman, as well as August 13 – the day the iPhone was dropped in the water.
“I could not believe it”, Pacheco shared his feelings when seeing the machine in action.
The photos he posted to Facebook have been shared more than 4,000 times. Eventually, friends of Davies and his fiancée Fiona Gardner recognized them and contacted Pacheco. It is returned to the owner in its normal state.
Davies explained to the BBC why he dropped his iPhone. At that time, he and his friend were on a canoe for two. The other person shouldn’t have gotten up and because of that, both of them fell. The phone was in the back pocket of his pants and fell into the river.
Davies thanks Pacheco for saving the device’s life. If he found such a device, he probably wouldn’t be able to do what Pacheco did.
Newer iPhone models are waterproof to IP68 standards, which means they can withstand up to 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes. However, there have been many stories of the iPhone’s miraculous survival for much longer than that.
For example, in March 2021, the iPhone 11 spent 6 months in a lake in Canada but was unharmed. In August of the same year, another iPhone was reunited with its owner after a year of being submerged in water.
According to Apple Insider