I received a call from Joseph this morning about an iPhone 6 that he lost yesterday at the beach. I went through my litany of questions to find out how the phone was lost in order to make the recovery quicker. It was then Joseph told me he checked the Find My iPhone app this morning, and it showed the phone near the pier. This has been the second iPhone 6 in about 4 weeks, both using the find app, so I thought it would be quick and painless.
We got to the spot and he showed me the general area. It was not real small, but manageable, I figured it would not take a great amount of time. I gridded the area, with nothing, I then went outside of the area, supposing it might have been thrown in a way he was not sure of, still with no luck. After about 3 hours, I asked if he would show me the find app, so I could judge where the phone was, when he told me he did not have the capability at the beach, but had to go home to access it. There were more and more people arriving at the beach, which was making the hunt more difficult, so I told him I would go home until about 6 or 7 this evening, and come back to search. Before I came back though, I wanted him to check the find app to make sure the phone was still there, which he agreed to do.
About 5 this evening I received a text message with a picture from Joseph, and it was showing the phone on the beach, but when I looked at the picture, it was no where near where I had been searching. It was then that I noticed, it was at the County beach cleaning site, and the app was showing the phone where the County dumps all the trash it picks up off of the beach. It must have been caught by the beach cleaning machines sometime after they had first checked the app this morning. I went to the site, and looked at piles of garbage bags, and a pile of seaweed mixed with all kinds of beach trash. I figured the phone would not be in the bags, because someone would have had to pick it up and put it in one of them, so I exempted the bags from the search. I then focused on the seaweed pile using my AT Pro with small coil to find the metal, and using gloves, started working through the mess. Within about 10 minutes I found the phone, and although it had been damaged by the beach cleaning machine, it was still functioning.
Joseph and I met at the first spot, at about 10:30 PM, so I could return the phone, and it was a happy ending to a long day.
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