Apple iPhone works after getting wet in the Pacific Ocean and saves 8 lives

Apple iPhone works after getting wet in the Pacific Ocean and saves 8 lives
A tweet sent out by NBC's Today Show on Friday (via Apple Insider) includes a video about a woman named Rachel Neal, who is a special assistant to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Neal, along with her boyfriend and some others, had chartered a boat to take them to an island off the coast of Okinawa. But on the way back, they encountered high seas that capsized their boat. All eight passengers donned life jackets and jumped overboard.

Since Rachel works for FEMA, she had the presence of mind to bring a "Go" bag with her, containing things that could be helpful in an emergency. Inside the bag was Rachel's phone, and her boyfriend's phone. First, they tried his handset, but it had too much water damage to work. Luckily, Rachel's iPhone (model unspecified) was working despite getting wet, and after 90 minutes the Japanese Coast Guard rescued all eight passengers.

The only thing we know about the life saving iPhone was that it had an IP rating. The iPhone 7 through the iPhone XR all carry an IP67 rating, which means that those models can be submerged to a depth of 3 feet, 3 inches for as long as 30 minutes, and emerge unscathed. The Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max each sport an IP68 rating. Those models can be submerged in nearly 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes without damage.

Even with an IP rating, salt water is generally not good for electronic devices, which makes Rachel's experience unusual. She says that she is still using the same iPhone as her daily driver today. You can check out the clip directly below.

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29 Comments

1. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

I wonder how did they manage to get signal in the middle of the ocean…..

2. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Holly phone! It's a miracle, St. Tim's miracle... St. Tim saved me with his holly phone

4. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

I wonder there’s no news of android savings lives nor someone is forcing to get into android’s phone.

5. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 158; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

Because it's only a big deal if it concerns Apple.

19. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Are jealous???

12. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

See you upvoted your self again. Any phone with a IP68 could have been used. Her boyfriend's phone may have been a phone with out IP rating and even could have been a older iphone and not a android phone. Glad the rescuers saves them.

21. whatev

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You can’t upvote your own comments, try yourself

23. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Because if an Android user uses his phone to dial emergency numbers, they don't thank the phone maker but the ones who actually shown up to save them.

28. Agniputra

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 06, 2018

Actually a sensible comment.

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

While my iPhone barely got any signal in this building. Luckily I have Note 9 for backup.

18. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Why do you wonder something stupid like that? This is not the middle of the pacific ocean we are talking about. This is somewhere in the middle of the route to an island off the coast of Okinawa which means they were not very far from the main land anyway.

3. kennybenny

Posts: 211; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

6s doesn't have water proofing or resistance..... The 7 and up have water proofing

9. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Even though the 6S is not water proofed, most phones can handle a splash of water, without suffering any damage. You can even drop them in water and take them right out and many will still work. Waterproofing for IP certification is the ph ok ne is resistant to water, and also to pressure. Like how far can the phone go down in water before the display cracks? Which means her phone was not in very deep water. Someone had to dive and get it. Bit yes I wanna know how far away from land they were. Because yes how you get cell signal. So they weren't out in the middle if the Pacific. That's for sure.

29. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Although some people have tested iPhone SE models in water and they can actually survive a dunk.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah last time I checked my now replaced 6s Plus didn't have water proofing lol, come on PA get your s**t together what kind iPhone fan do you have to be to say the 6s is waterproof, you guys should know this s**t.

7. alanrock

Posts: 281; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

once upon a time I didn't eat anything for two whole days...alcohol,tobacco and coffee saved me.

8. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

And deep down was the phone? And who was able to dive and actually find it? Because if it was deep down, it would be too dark to see it. How long was it in the water. Salt is corrosive only if it can get inside. The worse that I see happening is the Lightning connector corroding and she goes to plug it in and it catch fire or shorts out the phone.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The other 7 people use iPhone 6s or older iPhone. They (and other people that still use older iPhone) should upgrade to newer iPhone, ASAP. /s

22. whatev

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Yes they should although it’s not as necessary as if they were using an android phone. Btw your keyboard made a typo at the end of your post, those android keyboards always making mistakes *smh

25. Vancetastic

Posts: 955; Member since: May 17, 2017

I guess your iPhone keyboard doesn’t give you grammar and punctuation hints.

16. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It’s good thing they had the phones, but they probably also (or should have) had a GPS tracking system on the boat or on the rescue kit to rely on.

17. Tipus

Posts: 820; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

AppleMan to the rescue! :))

26. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I just came here to see how many people were mad that it was an iPhone.

27. gamehead unregistered

Great news

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