Woman dropped her iPhone in the river while she was feeding the swans. She thought she lost it forever that made her upset. Two months later, she went to the same spot with her boyfriend and happened to stumble across her very own phone. The phone was at the same spot just sitting at the bottom.
Thayse Bussolo-Vieira, 29, lost her brand new iPhone 8 to the water last February when she was feeding the swans. The phone just slipped out of her pocket and all her precious pictures were also gone along with it. Thayse was really upset as she thought she lost the phone forever. After around two months, she and her boyfriend went for a walk to the same spot and happened to stumble across something familiar lying on the riverbed.
As the river was calm and nice, the phone could be seen lying on the exact same spot where she dropped it. It was sitting at the bottom like a rock. The couple went back to their house, made a homemade fishing net and returned. Then after quite a struggle, they managed to get the phone out of the river. Thayse couldn't believe it, she was very happy but wasn't sure if the phone would work or not. She connected it to the charger and her phone that was in the water for two months started working as if nothing ever happened.
She is a British Airways administrator from Staines-upon-Thames in Surrey, she was feeding the swans when her brand new iPhone slipped out of her pocket and dropped into the water. She decided to jump into the water to rescue her £480 ($587) phone but eventually gave up as it would just be too dangerous.
Thayse recalled: "The river was really high and strong because it had been raining a lot and it just fell out.
"It had almost 20,000 photos on from five trips abroad with my fiancé. It made me really depressed. I thought I would have lost them forever."
When they were walking beside the river, they happened to stumble across something familiar lying on the riverbed.
Thayse continued: "On Wednesday we went for a walk and my fiancé said just show me where you dropped it.
"We looked in the river and it was there. It was unbelievable."
Waitrose delivery driver James, 27, added: "As the river was calm and the weather was nice we could see the iPhone clearly. It was in the same place, just sitting at the bottom like a rock."
They both went back to home to search for something to retrieve it with, ended up making a homemade fishing net out of household objects, attaching a kitchen sieve to the end of a broom.
They returned to the spot but couldn't reach the phone even with their homemade fishing net.
Thayse continued: "The river was running really quickly. We were about to give up when James went to find a big stick."
James added: "Thayse held the net while I got a stick and pushed the phone into it. Then I fished it out. We had to work as a team. It was nice."
She said: "We were screaming and everything. But of course we didn't know if it was going to work."
They connected it to the charger after putting it in a bowl of rice overnight. They waited and prayed for it to start. And lo and behold, it worked.
Thayse said: "It turned on. I was like 'yay, it's working.' I could not believe it. I was so pleased I got my photos back. I thought they were gone forever."