YouTuber Michael Bennett runs a channel called “Nugget Noggin” in which he dives into rivers in search of lost treasure. A lot of his content involves scrounging up waterlogged laptops, nail polish containers, or GoPros. But every once in a while, something truly amazing happens, like when assumed trash returns to its sentimental pedestal.
Earlier this week, Bennett scrounged up an iPhone in a filthy waterproof case at the bottom of the Edisto River in South Carolina, and managed to return it to its rightful owner.
In an interview with local news outlet WDAM 7, Bennet said “I came across something that looked kind of like a rope maybe attached to car keys, and when I pulled it up, I seen a phone inside of a waterproof case and I’m like, ‘No way, this is unbelievable!'”
Upon opening the case, Bennett was even more astonished to discover it still worked. The phone belonged to an Erica Bennett, who revealed that she had lost the phone on June 19, 2018. Over a year later, the phone is returned to her, and Erica not only was able to reclaim her photos from the day she lost it, but was able to recover some final photos and conversations that she had with her late father, who passed away shortly after the phone was lost in the river.