Talking to Media, Guntrum said that he had lost his phone while on an ice fishing trip with his friends, after it fell from his lap and slipped into the frozen lake through a hole in the ice. Guntrum’s Facebook post from March 7, 2015 tells us that the phone was lost more than a year before it was discovered by Kalgren.
Kalgren found the iPhone 4 (the only treasure he found that day) encapsuled in a OtterBox iPhone 4 case, which he cleaned and then put in rice. After he charged the device, Kalgren found that the phone turned on. The image of the device he shared with Buzzfeed shows the phone (with stained edges) charging to 100 per cent, with the screen damage on the edges.
Kalgren was then able to look up Guntrum’s number on the phone to give him the good news. Guntrum could not believe what Kalgren told him initially, but then recognised his screen saver when Kalgren sent him a picture of the phone. Kalgren told Buzzfeed that Guntrum knows that he posses the device and that he will be mailing it to him.
Apple iPhone 4 is not a water proof or water resistant device, but may have survived because of the tough Otterbox housing. Most of Apple’s phones have done remarkably well in water tests that people have done over the years, even while they were never advertised by the company to be water resistant.