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iPhone 7 Plus passes the ultimate underwater test in subarctic Siberia

By The Siberian Times reporter
24 January 2017

Angler accidentally dropped his new Apple phone through an ice hole during an all-night fishing session with the outside temperature at minus 36C.

Angler accidentally dropped his new Apple phone through an ice hole during an all-night fishing session. Picture: @emfedor1983

Next day he got his friend Fedor to dive in and retrieve it. 

The diver is seen on the video in a plywood hut covering the ice hole that fishermen use here on the Lena River in Yakutia to offer some protection against the bone-chilling cold. 

Rescue operation


Rescue operation


Rescue operation


Rescue operation

Not only was the device still working, but in the 13 hours underwater its battery had only gone down from 35% to 19%. Pictures: @emfedor1983

The water temperature was around 4C, and the phone fell to a depth of more than 1 metre. Diver Fedor had to go under three times before he located the cell phone.

He surfaced telling his friend: 'You've got a missed call.'

Fishing hut

Fishermen use plywood hut covering the ice hole to offer some protection against the bone-chilling cold.  Picture: Vilena Vinokurova

Not only was the device still working, but in the 13 hours underwater its battery had only gone down from 35% to 19%.

'So folks, buy iPhones,' said the diver.

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