“I was in a situation where I kind of lost balance and dropped it in the water,” Ghodsi says. She lost hopes of recovering the phone when the staff at the water park said it would be impossible to find it in such deep water. “Distressed and in tears, we went back to Vancouver just kind of hopeless” she adds.
Coming to the terms of the lost phone, Ghodsi bought a new phone. But six months later she received a call which said that her lost phone was found. Skeptical at first, she thought one of her friends might be playing a prank on her. Later she was convinced and made the trip to Chilliwack to collect the phone.
The iPhone was found in the sediments at the bottom of lake by Clayton Helkenberg and wife Heather who enjoy diving to the bottom of lakes to find lost objects. Even after six months of sitting under the water, the iPhone was functioning well without much tear.
Helkenberg says that he usually puts phones in a container of silica to dry them out. But with the iPhone 11, he had good luck.”I took it home, cleaned the dirt off of it and it just turned right on, so it was pretty amazing,” he said.
Ghodsi says that the battery life of the iPhone is still at 96%. Although the microphone is broken, photos recovered from the iPhone 11 still show her smiling moments before the mishap.
“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,” she says.