A woman who dropped her phone in the River Thames found it in the water two months later – and it still worked.
Thayse Bussolo-Vieira, 29, was feeding the swans when her brand new iPhone 8 fell out of her pocket and into the river in early February.
She was “devastated” because the phone contained thousands of treasured photos on she hadn’t back up.
Thayse, a British Airways administrator, even contemplated jumping in to rescue the £480 device – but decided it was too dangerous.
Almost two months later Thayse and her fiancé, James Tongue, 27, returned to the spot in Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, on their daily permitted walk.
Astonishingly they found the phone lying on the riverbed.
Thayse, from Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, said: “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.
“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.”
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.”
At two metres beneath the surface, the phone was difficult to reach so the pair returned home to look for something to retrieve it with.
After looking on Amazon, the pair eventually decided to fashion a homemade fishing net by attaching a kitchen sieve to the end of a broom.
They next day they returned to the site with the contraption and spent 40 minutes fighting against the current to reach the phone.
Thayse said: “The river was running really quickly. We were about to give up when James went to find a big stick.”
James, a Waitrose delivery driver, said: “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.”
Thayse, originally from Santa Catarina, Brazil, said the phone was covered in dirt, but was delighted to retrieve the phone nonetheless.
She added: “We were likely ‘oh my god’ we got the phone back after almost two months in the River Thames. We were screaming and everything. But of course we didn’t know if it was going to work.”
The couple, who are due to wed in Brazil this September, left the phone in a bowl of rice overnight and connected it to a charger last week (27).
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.”