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Paddleboarder finds his phone working 20 minutes after it fell into the water.

Byline: MARCUS HUGHES Reporter marcus.hughes@walesonline.co.uk

WE'VE all experienced the nightmare moment when we drop our smartphone - but imagine dropping a PS400 device in open water a kilometre from the coast.

That's what happened to paddleboarder Mark Lloyd while on a recent trip to Trevone Bay in Cornwall.

The 42-year-old, from Barry, was standing on a paddleboard with his son when he saw his iPhone 6S disappear eight feet below the surface.

He initially decided to let the phone sink but after more than 40 minutes under water, he paddled back out and dived down to fetch the device.

He was so happy to find the phone working, he immediately recorded a video showing his relief.

Mark had taken his son Oscar to do some cliff diving after completing a few paddle boarding trips earlier that day.

He was helping the six-year-old get back onto the paddleboard when he heard the sound of the phone dropping into the water.

"I was getting Oscar back on board and I heard a plop," he said. "In a split second I knew that wasn't right. I thought I had put my phone in my arm lock."

He looked down just in time to see the phone disappear, but decided not to go after it as he didn't want to leave Oscar.

But when he returned to the beach, he collected some goggles from his wife and went back out to see if he could find the phone.

"I thought it was worth a shot so I put the goggles on and I gave myself 20 minutes."

Mark said he spotted the phone almost immediately as it was still displaying the screen saver.

He managed to dive down to the bottom of the bay and retrieve the phone. When he got to the surface, he began recording a video showing his relief.

Mark is the owner of Brawd Men's Health, a fitness group which aims to promote mental and physical health through active outdoor coaching and adventure sports.

He has been paddleboarding for about five years.

Mark said the phone is working perfectly and hasn't been damaged by the 40 minutes it spent in the water.

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Mark Lloyd, left, dropped his iPhone in the sea while paddleboarding

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 8, 2017
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