Mobile phone lost 100ft underwater FOUND after it lit up with a text

Mobile phone lost by Kayaker at sea is FOUND two days later by diver in lucky spot after it lit up with a text message on the seabed

  • iPhone still works after spending two days 40ft underwater near the Dorset cliffs
  • Rob Smith, of Bridport, was kayaking close to West Bay when phone slipped 
  • Diver Cerys Hearsey, 36, found it days later when it lit up after receiving a text

An iPhone that was dropped 40ft underwater by a kayaker was found by a scuba diver two days later when it lit up after receiving a text.

Rob Smith, of Bridport, and his cousin, who was visiting from Canada, went kayaking close to West Bay, in Dorset.

As the two men paddled near Durdle Door, his cousin’s iPhone slipped and plunged 100ft to the seabed.

Although the phone was in a waterproof case, they accepted they would be unable to recover it and returned home.

Two days later, Cerys Hearsey, 36, went diving along the same stretch of coast, where she recovered the phone which miraculously still worked.  


Result! Diver Cerys Hearsey (pictured left) noticed the iPhone (right) while diving 40ft underwater when it lit up after receiving a text 


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Grateful: Rob Smith (right) was over the moon after Ms Hearsey (centre) managed to find the missing iPhone 

Her attention was drawn to the iPhone when she noticed a flash of light on the seabed about 30ft down.

The phone was in a waterproof case and, remarkably, not only did it still work after two days in the water but it still had 84 per cent battery life.


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She scooped it up, took it back to the shore and scrolled through the contacts to find its owner.

It has now been returned to a grateful Rob Smith, whose Canadian cousin had lost it while the pair were kayaking at Durdle Door in Dorset.

They were approaching the famous coastal landmark when the phone toppled over the edge of their boat.

Although the phone was in a waterproof case they accepted they wouldn’t be unable to recover it and returned home.

Ms Hearsey’s attention was drawn to the iPhone when she noticed a flash of light on the seabed about 30ft down

Two days later, Cerys, 34, was diving in the area when she noticed the phone sat on the sea bed.

She arranged to meet Rob, 34, and his wife Evie, in nearby Weymouth after the pair explained their cousin was by that time on a flight back to Canada.

The phone has now been posted back across the Atlantic.

Cerys, who was visiting Dorset from her home in Essex, said she is pleased to be able to to return the phone to its rightful owner.

She said: ‘I could see the phone sitting on the bottom of the seabed because it received a message and lit up.

‘I picked it up and returned to land where I cut it out of its case as it was starting to get a bit of water inside.

Two days later, Cerys Hearsey, 36, went diving along the same stretch of coast, where she recovered the phone – and it still works 

She added: ‘I then looked up the numbers and got in touch with the owner’s family.

‘Phones are so critical to life nowadays they can be difficult to replace.

‘The owner of the phone was on a flight back to Canada, so I met with the owner’s cousin Rob.

‘I only had an hour before I had to return home, but luckily she could pick it up.

‘They were really lovely people and amazed to see it, I think they had given up any hopes of finding it.

‘I just hope someone would do the same for me one day.’

Rob, from Bridport, Dorset, said: ‘Cerys was such a nice lady and we were over the moon.

‘We couldn’t believe she had it still and at 84 per cent battery.

‘I would like to give a big thank you to the whole scuba diving team.

‘My cousin had a lot of pictures of his trip to the UK saved on his phone which he thought he wouldn’t be able to see again.

‘We thought there was no way of getting it back.

‘My cousin can’t believe it. He was upset at first and thought that he would have to pay another $900 for a new phone.’

 

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