Working Mobile Found At 10m
Cerys Hearsey was enjoying a quiet drift dive when at 10m her eye caught the flash of an iPhone as a text message was being received.
The phone had been dropped by a kayaker two days before at Durdle Door in Dorset. Cerys, 34, from Southend, Essex, picked up the iPhone 7 which was in a waterproof case.
Cerys said: 'We were passing a lobster pot, and on a rock next to it, I noticed something light up.
'When I turned it over, it became clear it was a phone. I just stuck it in my drysuit pocket and forgot about it until the end of the day.'
After her dive she found the phone was in full working order - it still 84 per cent of battery charge. She replied to some recent messages saying she had found the phone hoping the owner could be traced.
'The owner's cousin answered the next morning and we were able to meet before I headed back to Essex - a stroke of good luck because the owner was already on a flight back to Canada and had given the phone up for lost.'
Rob Smith, whose Canadian cousin had lost it on a kayaking trip, said: 'My cousin had a lot of pictures of his trip on his phone which he thought he wouldn’t see again.
'We tried diving for it but it was too deep.'