Diver Discovers Working iPhone 11 After 6-Month Plunge in Frigid Canadian Lake

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Apple advertises that its iPhone 11 is water-resistant, but many speculate that it is virtually waterproof. Thanks to husband and wife divers Clay and Heather Helkenberg, we may be able to put that theory to rest.

The duo recovered an iPhone 11 that had been submerged for nearly six months, according to a report in CBC news.

The Helkenbergs stumbled across the iPhone 11 when they were cleaning garbage from a local lake in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada.

The pair collect the items they find and then return them to the owners when possible. Over the years, the couple has found phones, GoPros, and other electronics.

On the day they found the iPhone 11, they also found two other phones and eleven pairs of sunglasses. Unlike most electronics, which are dead from water exposure, the iPhone 11 was still working.

The Helkenbergs were able to locate the owner, Fatemeh Ghodsi, who thought she was being pranked.

Ghodsi, who lives in Vancouver, was confused and thought one of her friends might be playing a prank on her. But she was soon convinced and made the trip to Chilliwack to collect the phone, which amazingly still works […]

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Ghodsi reportedly dropped the phone six months earlier while she was riding on bumper boats. She lost her balance, and the phone fell into the lake.

The staff at the water park where she lost her phone could not retrieve it because the lake was too deep.

Ghodsi returned home “distressed and in tears” because she did not have a backup of her photos, contacts, and messages.

After receiving back her phone, Ghodsi said she was able to recover all her lost photos.

The phone, though it starts up, did sustain some water damage. The microphones don’t work and the speaker is damaged – but other than that, the iPhone 11 is said to be working perfectly.

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