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Tourist who accidentally drops his phone in a river finds the phone eight months later

Tourist who accidentally dropped his phone in a river finds the handset eight months later – and it works perfectly

  • Liu’s phone fell into a river in September when he was fishing in China
  • He received a call in May from a fisherman who found the handset and a calling card
  • The man was surprised to find that the device was still able to work without any problems

A Chinese man who accidentally dropped his phone in a river miraculously got the handset back eight months later – and it still works perfectly.

The tourist, known by his surname Zhou, lost his smartphone last September when he and his friend were catching fish on a turbulent river in China.

Zhou, who had forgotten the case, recently received a call from a fisherman who noticed his cell phone after the water level dropped. He found Mr. Zhou’s number on a business card in the phone case.

The tourist (photo), known by his last name Zhou, lost his smartphone when he caught some fish with his friend last September on a turbulent river in China

The tourist (photo), known by his last name Zhou, lost his smartphone when he caught some fish with his friend last September on a turbulent river in China

A Chinese man who accidentally dropped his phone in a river during a canoe trip miraculously recovered the handset eight months later - and it still works perfectly. The photo shows that the phone is emailed to Mr. Zhou after a local fisherman finds it

A Chinese man who accidentally dropped his phone in a river during a canoe trip miraculously recovered the handset eight months later - and it still works perfectly. The photo shows that the phone is emailed to Mr. Zhou after a local fisherman finds it

A Chinese man who accidentally dropped his phone in a river during a canoe trip miraculously recovered the handset eight months later – and it still works perfectly. The photo shows that the phone is emailed to Mr. Zhou after a local fisherman finds it

The man was surprised to find that the handset was undamaged despite being soaked in water for more than half a year.

Reminiscent of the matter Pear VideoZhou said he was canoeing with his friend in September last year on the Wu River in Guiyang, Guizhou Province of southwest China.

“We tried to catch some fish and my phone was in a plastic bag,” he said. “Then my phone fell into the water from the boat.”

Mr. Zhou said he did not even notice the missing handset until later returning to the riverbank.

“I thought I could never find it. It was in the water and the river was quite turbulent, “he added.

In the first week of May, Mr. Zhou received a call from a stranger asking the tourist if he had lost his phone by the river that day.

Mr. Zhou initially thought the call was a scam: “I thought how that is. I’m holding my phone now to talk to you. ‘

Then Mr. Zhou figured it was the phone he lost last year.

Mr. Zhou's photo captures the scene of the Wu River

Mr. Zhou's photo captures the scene of the Wu River

The photo shows the package Mr. Zhou received from Mr. Liu

The photo shows the package Mr. Zhou received from Mr. Liu

Zhou, who had forgotten the incident, recently received a call from a fisherman who saw his cell phone in the river after the water level dropped

The random phone call was from a local fisherman, known by his last name Liu, who saw Mr. Zhou’s mobile device in the river after the water level dropped.

Mister Liu was able to contact the tourist after he found his business card in the phone case.

Zhou was surprised to find that his smartphone – sent back by package by Mr. Liu – was functioning well after the ordeal.

He was able to retrieve photos taken during his canoe trip from the phone he thought he would never find again.

Located in the southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou, the Wu River is the largest southern tributary of the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia. The photo shows the mountain scenery in Guizhou

Located in the southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou, the Wu River is the largest southern tributary of the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia. The photo shows the mountain scenery in Guizhou

Located in the southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou, the Wu River is the largest southern tributary of the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia. The photo shows the mountain scenery in Guizhou

“I never thought I would find it [the phone] again, ‘said the tourist in a social media post after picking up the handset.

“I’m going to the Wu River again this year and have a drink with Mr. Wu so we can talk about the magical adventure,” Mr. Zhou wrote.

The Wu River is the largest southern tributary of the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia. Almost the entire length of 1,150 kilometers (715 miles) runs within the isolated, mountainous and ethnically diverse province of Guizhou.

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