A Minnesota man who lost his iPhone 14 while kayaking in Hawaii got the shock of his life when a complete stranger got in touch and told him that they had found it and that it was working perfectly. Zach Siggelkow was on vacation at Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, with his mother and sister last December. On the last day, Zach decided to go kayaking, and that’s when tragedy struck. He had taken his iPhone 14 out to film some Air Force planes flying over, when a big wave hit the side of the kayak, causing it to overturn. As he struggled to find his paddle and get back into the kayak, Zach realized he had lost both his smartphone and his sunglasses. At first, he was pretty bummed out about it, but then he realized there wasn’t much he could do about it, so he just moved on with his life. Until 33 days later, when he got an email from someone claiming to have found his iPhone on the bottom of the ocean.
… Dr. Karl Brookins, a retired fisheries scientist who likes going diving around Waikiki Beach, noticed something strange on the ocean floor and decided to investigate. It turned out to be a smartphone. To his surprise, after a week in a bag with salt and rice to get rid of the moisture, the handheld started charging and turned on. Apart from the date, which had remained stuck at December 21, the day it had been lost, everything seemed to be in working order. After managing to unlock it, Brookins was able to find the owner’s email and contact him about returning it to them.