Calgary's Nathan Buhler was out on the Bow River with friends when their music suddenly stopped. He realized his phone had fallen into the river. Bye bye, phone :(
About two weeks later, a photo mysteriously appeared on his Facebook profile. It showed a group of smiling firefighters. The post was attributed to Buhler himself, meaning someone had access to his profile.
People began commenting on the photo, wondering what was happening. Everyone was puzzled at first. Then they were amazed.
The phone said it had been driving a fire truck and using the hose.
"Just helping the guys make some lunch," the suddenly sentient phone commented.
"I even won at ping-pong."
"Hey Nathan look at me getting jacked."
Lookin' good, terrifying phone!
After spending 10 days submerged in the Bow River, Buhler's phone had been found by a firefighter. And it still worked!
"A guy was paddle boarding on the bow river looked down and saw the phone," Buhler said in a Facebook comment. "He grabbed it brought it home aired it out for 30 hours then charged it and it works."
A firefighter then used the phone to post to Buhler's profile. He and his colleagues also informed Buhler that they had christened the phone "Hector Sanchez."
"I shall refer to my cellular device henceforth as Hector," Buhler said.
Buhler arrived at Calgary fire station No. 1, as directed. "Hello, I'm looking for Hector Sanchez," he said. They gave him the phone and everyone posed for a pic.
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