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Watch the SeattleRingHunter recover an iPhone 13 from fifty feet after ten days from Lake Sammamish.
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May 2022 I receive a call from Max after having found my Lake Sammamish YouTube recovery videos. He told me he was on a paddle board with his younger sister and they had just lost his iPhone 13 in the lake!
“Can you help me? , he asked me.
I responded with a few questions of my own. I asked if he had any land marks next to him in the water where the phone was lost such as dock, tree or a piling. I also ask how far out from shore he was?
He told me he could see the homes but nothing in the water around him as a landmark. These were not good answers and it seems some what hopeless to me from the initial responses but I have learned to continue pressing for critical details anyway. I told him Lake Sammamish gets deep quick and the phone might be flooded. He informed me that it was in a waterproof bag. It broke loose from his sister’s neck and sunk to the bottom of the lake.
I had a bit of hope that maybe the phone would be dry but how to know the drop zone was still a mystery.
He also said he had a photo of where they were when the phone was lost. He txted the photo to me but it was not specific enough to support a dive.
I asked how the photo was taken? His response to me by surprise that he had the whole incident on his GoPro video.
Turned out he had thirteen minutes of total footage and the iPhone drop was clearly at the seven minute mark.
I thought for a bit longer and asked what version GoPro was used?
He responded, “GoPro Version 8.”
My confidence level started to warm up quickly as I asked the $1,000 question of the day. Did you have the GPS enabled, turned on?
He checked and said yes the GPS was ON!
At this moment my confidence level was about to boil. If this turned out to be true I would be willing to dive for the phone. I had him upload the footage to my Google share drive so I could inspect the data with my own eyes. I could hardly contain myself what if we actually have a full video account of the incident with embedded GPS data. I was anxious as the video file was downloaded to my computer.
When I played the video for the first time I was pleased to see the high definition footage of the complete incident. The instant the phone broke free from her neck as he pulled her onto the paddle board we can actually hear the lanyard clip break and at this instant my confidence level was spiking.
I found an appropriate software application and applied some gauges to the video displaying all the critical data. After watching the video a second time with live GPS data on the screen my confidence level for this recovery reached a full rolling boil! At this moment I knew we had all we needed to dive on this mission with a very solid opportunity of a recovery not based on luck and chance but founded on solid technical skills and process.
We could have not ask for anything better. Even the fact that the GoPro had been running for several minutes was an absolute blessing allowing the GPS to have a solid lock on several satellites for optimum accuracy.
Here is the video…
Watch this episode of the Seattle Ring Hunter to see how we unwind this riddle of yet another iPhone lake drop.
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