Surfer finds Apple Watch lost at sea for 6 months – and it still works!

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Apple Watch lost at sea found
Robert Bainter lost his watch in the Pacific Ocean. It returned to his wrist six months later.
Screenshot: KTLA 5 TV

Forget the needle in the haystack. The odds of finding an Apple Watch lost to the Pacific Ocean are much worse.

But a body surfer from Huntington Beach, Calif. got lucky and was reunited with his Apple Watch six months after losing it to a big wave.

And it still works.

Robert Bainter told KTLA 5 TV he was body surfing a large wave and as he picked up his arm, he noticed his watch was missing.

“This thing has been my good luck charm,” he told a KTLA reporter. “I would use it quite often to show the surf and how fast you were going. It would even show you where you were on the beach.”

Bainter spent an hour looking for the watch and even returned that evening to search with a feeling he would somehow find it.

He activated Apple’s Find My iPhone app to turn on Lost Mode for his watch and searched the sand on every visit to the beach.

The prodigal Watch returneth

Six months passed before he got a telephone call from a man who said he had found the watch. The man found it three miles north of where Bainter lost it.

“He was just walking looking for shells and he found it right there,” Bainter said to KTLA. “It was a dream come true, I couldn’t believe it.”

The watch worked though extended time exposed to salt water turned the screen a bit hazy.

He did buy a new Apple Watch. “I’m a big Apple fan,” he said. “It’s the cutting edge done right.”

Sources: KTLA 5 TV and Apple Insider