iPhone 4 Still Works After Plunging Into Icy Lake 18 Months Ago

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Michael Guntrum likely never expected to see his iPhone 4 again after accidentally dropping it in a lake. Incredibly, the phone was found — and still works.

Michael Guntrum

One special little iPhone 4 survived the unthinkable: an 18-month excursion in the bottom of a lake. 

Michael Guntrum of Knox, Pennsylvania was out ice fishing on Kyle Lake back in March 2015 when he dropped his unsuspecting phone into the icy waters.

He told BuzzFeed News

"We were having negative-25-degree weather, so me and two buddies went ice fishing. We were sitting in our portable shanty, and I got a bite on my rod. I laid the phone on my lap, and it slipped off. Instead of landing flat in the snow, it hit its edge and rolled into the hole. I caught the fish — it was a blue gill — but it wasn’t worth it."

Definitely not worth it.

Recently, however, the very same lake where Guntrum lost his phone to the freezing waters was drained due to a structural deficiency in the lake's dam.

This past October, a mechanical engineer named Daniel Kalgren was making his rounds in the now large hole with a metal detector to see what kind of goodies turned up. Sure enough, Guntrum's phone was there.

Kalgren took the phone home and, after cleaning it, put it in some rice — "just out of curiosity to see if it would still work," he said to BuzzFeed News.

Amazingly, the phone powered on two days later. Kalgren was able to locate Guntrum's number, and now he's going to mail it to him.

If you're wondering if the phone was in a case, the answer is yes; an Otterbox, specifically.

We wouldn't be surprised if Otterbox's sales grow immensely after that incredible feat. Christmas gift, anyone? 

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