Isn’t technology wonderful? Three types of technology certainly worked well together for Penrith Diver David Bell recently. Taking part in what he thought was just an undemanding explore of a new site, David was amazed to stumble across a mystery object which he initially took to be for writing notes. Closer investigation showed it to be a mobile phone in a waterproof case so he brought it back to the surface to look in more detail. This highlighted the first part of the amazing technology trio as the case had managed to keep the phone completely dry despite being submerged in more than 5 meters of water for some time.
The second player in the technology story was the phone itself. In spite of being completely out of charge, just a few minutes with a battery pack and it was up and running again and showing a lovely picture of its owner on the front screen.
Unfortunately, there were no emergency contact details saved so next came the biggest challenge - could that owner be located? This is where the third, and sometimes reviled, technological saviour came in. The wonders of social media! Reasoning that the phone must have been dropped when out on the lake, messages were posted in groups on Facebook that had a connection to either wild swimming in Cumbria or lake Ullswater. By the end of the day, multiple people had recognised the picture from Twitter and got in touch with the owner.
Amazingly, the circle was completed and the phone returned after sitting at the bottom of the lake for over 3 months.
It’s astonishing what sort of things you can find out in the lakes!