Missing teen boater's soaked phone salvageable?

Posted at 10:37 PM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 22:46:36-04

The iPhone of one of the missing teen boaters from Jupiter is being examined by Apple to see if any data can be retrieved.

Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14-years-old, were last seen on July 24th when they took a boat out on the Jupiter Inlet.

"My life is pretty much still at July 24th," Perry Cohen's mother Pamela said. "There really hasn't been a moving forward."

Cohen and Stephanos' boat was found in mid-March, and Stephanos' phone was on board, submerged in water.

"All we want is transparency and all we want is for the phone to stay in the Florida Fish and Wildlife and the government officials hands to do the proper investigation," Pamela Cohen said.

The phone was found rusted and corroded after being submerged in saltwater for eight months.

"Saltwater is the worst thing for electronics," Andrew Jennings, Owner of UBreakIFix in Cape Coral said.

Jennings fixes waterlogged phones daily, and agreed the phone could hold clues about what happened to the teens, but said the odds of being ablet o fix it are really low.

"The longer it sits with that corrosion and the saltwater in there, your chances go down by the minute," Jennings said.

He estimates the chances of getting the iPhone restored are around ten percent, but says it is possible and he's done it before.

Jennings said once the phone is on and working, Apple will then have to focus on unlocking any passcodes to get the important data.