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Under normal circumstances, dropping something into a deep body of water like a lake or the ocean means losing it for good.
But a man in Taiwan found himself extremely fortunate after he was able to retrieve a phone that he’d dropped into a lake while attempting to paddle-board over a year ago – and in full working condition, no less.
On a Facebook community news page, a post detailing the incident reported that the man had visited Taiwan’s famous Sun Moon Lake in March 2020.
During his visit, the man had attempted attempted paddle-boarding in the middle of the lake, but had still chosen to carry his iPhone 11 Max along with him in a waterproof case strapped around his neck.
The man pictured going paddle-boarding in March 2020. Notice the phone strapped around his neck. IMAGE: 爆料公社一日小編 on Facebook
In the midst of his activity, however, the strap came loose and the case (with the phone inside) slinked off and fell into the watery depths. Of course, the man was unable to act quickly enough, and immediately thought that this expensive phone was gone forever.
Fast forward a year, the man surprisingly received a call from the surf shop located at the lake, who claimed that they’d managed to successfully recover his phone and the case that it had been sealed inside.
IMAGE: 爆料公社一日小編 on Facebook
IMAGE: 爆料公社一日小編 on Facebook
After retrieving his phone, the man was pleasantly shocked to find that his iPhone was still completely functional despite having been submerged for over a year.
The phone still works! IMAGE: 爆料公社一日小編 on Facebook
Of course, this was completely thanks to the waterproof case, which itself was worse for wear after protecting its contents for such a long time.
But equally amazing as the fact that his phone could function perfectly, was the fact that he managed to find his phone at all.
How did it happen?
Amazingly, the man’s phone was recovered after a severe drought had caused the entire lake to lose almost all of its water, which made it extremely easy for scavengers to come across the device at the bottom of the now almost completely dry lake.
Apparently, the region had been experiencing an extreme water shortage – one many have dubbed the worst in 56 years.
The largest freshwater lake on the island and a recognized popular tourist destination, the Sun Moon Lake was transformed into a “barren wasteland” following little rainfall and lack of exposure to typhoons over the course of last year.
Before (left) and after (right) photos of the famous Sun Moon Lake following the drought. IMAGE: Shine
Reports have estimated that water levels in the lake have plummeted by about 12 meters, with some parts now completely dry.
In other parts of Taiwan, the problem is equally as severe. Many residents have resorted to tactics such as buying waterless clothes – clothes that can go weeks without needing a wash – for use, while a great many businesses have complained of having to make compromises to cope.
Some parts of Taiwan have even moved to introduce strict water rationing, with rotating cuts happening every two days each week depending on the locale.
Taiwan’s Ai Liao River bed shown with barely any water left in March 2021. IMAGE: Shine
Experts believe that Taiwan’s water problems have been slowly building as a result of poor handling of its water resources. Despite the island experiencing 2.6 times the amount of the world’s average annual rainfall, inadequate planning and an ignorance of water recycling have led to the current crisis.
One water expert named Lee Hong-yuan explained that Taiwan’s agriculture industry utilizes about 70 percent of the country’s water supply, but outdated irrigation channels have caused plenty of waste, with almost half of the water being transported being lost to leaks, and a quarter being lost to evaporation during transportation.
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Cover image sourced from 爆料公社一日小編 on Facebook.
ที่มา : Mashable