This is one of the last things the iPhone saw before falling into the water.
(Credit: Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET)
David McGregor is attached to his iPhone 4, but it wasn't attached to his kayak well enough to prevent it from falling into the sea while he was out recording his paddling adventures in Australia. The smartphone spent 82 days under water before washing up on the beach.
A lot of phones won't survive a dunk in the toilet, much less a three-month soak in the sea. McGregor's phone, however, was covered by a waterproof Optrix case. He held out hope for weeks that he might be reunited with his phone, but eventually gave up and threw away the accessories.
This is where the story takes a turn for a Hollywood happy ending. A local resident and regular beach walker with a history of finding and returning car keys and jewelry stumbled onto the phone. "The guy who found it washing in the surf charged it up, turned it on, and called my dad. I was stoked!" McGregor tells CNET.
The iPhone obligingly kept recording until the battery died, logging about two hours worth of video, though it was hardly a cinematic masterpiece. "There's cool footage of the phone falling to the ocean floor, and then mostly blackness after it was buried in the sand not long after falling ... [Read more]