Michael Bennett loves to dive for sunken treasure in the rivers and lakes of his community. When he is not diving for lost items, he is editing and posting the videos he makes of his various dives onto his online profile. While the sunken treasure he finds is often useless, One day when he decided to dive in the black waters of Edisto River in South Carolina Michael encountered that was tremendously important to someone else.
On his dive just 10 ft below the water’s surface, Michael had uncovered a lost iPhone that had been submerged for 15 long months. When he found the phone it was wedged between a rock and the riverbed and it was in a waterproof case attached to a lanyard. Michael couldn’t believe that he had found something in a waterproof case and he wondered if the phone had been protected from the river’s water. Layers of silt and grime covered the phone but he could clearly make out its shape and model.
When Michael got home he decided on a whim to try and plug the phone into a charger. To his astonishment, the phone soon turned on! But joy soon turned to sadness when he realized that the phone was password protected. That’s when Michael decided to try the phone’s sim card in a different phone, so using his own phone he switched the sim cards and turned on the phone. Luckily Michael was able to access the sim cards contact information and find the phone’s owner.
So far Michael’s adventure with the phone had been exciting, but he never could have imagined that he would end up helping a daughter reconnect with her dead father. You see, the phone belonged to Erica Bennett (no relation to Michael) who had lost the phone while on a family adventure on the river. Erika explained that the phone was lost 15 months earlier and she had been searching for it because it had all of her late father’s last messages and voicemails.
With the phone and its sim card was able to access her voicemail box and listen t the final message her father left her before he died. Michael was happy that he could deliver such great news and comfort to Erica and he says it is because of stories like this that he will continue to dive the rivers in search of long lost items.