His cell phone was fished out of a lake after two days… and it’s still working.

It was while returning from a trip with friends on Lake Davignon that the 16-year-old realized that her cell phone, an iPhone 8+, had disappeared from the boat.

We had put it in with our towels, but it was gone when we came back from swimming,” she says candidly.We were looking everywhere, he was gone, so I figured he must have fallen when we were at the other end of the lake.»

While for some teenagers, the loss of this device, which was almost an extension of their arm, would be a real tragedy, Éléna remained serene.Since he was most likely at the bottom of Davignon Lake, the chances of finding his mobile phone were very slim.


She told me it was just equipment, that she would buy another one with the money she earned at work,” says Daphne Staples, a teacher at Massey-Vanier High School.For me, that a 16-year-old girl is mature enough to react like that is the best part of the story! »

“My friends were amazed that I didn’t care more than that! “, acknowledges Elena.

Unlikely catchSo without much regard for this loss, the young woman continued on her little journey until, Saturday morning, she received a message in her Facebook email.

“I found an iPhone in the water, is it yours? “, she could read in it !

A message signed by Maxime André Boulay, another Cowansville resident who went to the lake on Friday to tease the fish.However, his fishing trip ended in an unlikely catch.

“I was by the lake, and I noticed something white in the water, about three or four feet from the shore and deep.I tried to pull it out with my rod,” he says.

The fisherman then tried to retrieve the object with branches, without success.Then he remembered he had a rope and a magnet in his car.

“A few years ago, I saw a video on the Internet of people fishing with a magnet.I had bought one, but it had never served me,” says Mr.Boulay.With the sticks, I managed to make a pole to bring the object to the edge and that’s when I noticed that it was a phone.»

Knowing that the new iPhones are waterproof, Mr.Boulay took the phone home “a little dirty, but not broken and without wear marks”.

“When I plugged it in, it started charging and it was still working.I didn’t know how long he had been in the water,” he says.

With the phone locked, Mr.Boulay was unable to use its contents to trace its owner.However, he was able to find Elena Gibson using the device’s Sim card, which is connected to the teenager’s Facebook account.

Sweet RewardA rendezvous is given at the Cowansville beach on Saturday evening.The meeting allows the phone to be handed over to the owner, who as a reward offered a maple syrup pie to his benefactor.

And even better: the device works as if nothing had happened at all.”My phone is in perfect condition even though it’s been in the water for two days! “, rejoices Elena.

It’s a small miracle,” said his mother, still amazed at the young man’s honesty.It’s an expensive cell phone, hundreds of dollars.But when he found it, he didn’t keep it, he did everything he could to find its owner! »

I bought myself an used phone recently and I know how much it’s worth,” says Boulay.It’s the least you can do to give someone back what’s theirs.»

As good news travels fast, Elena’s iPhone adventure has reached the ears of a member of the management of Apple Canada, the phone manufacturer.

The company, more accustomed to receiving complaints about its products than thanks, wants to share the story through its North American branch.