The Galaxy S23 Ultra is one of the most expensive smartphones one can buy today. If someone buys the phone and loses it, they will try every way possible to find it. But what if they drop the phone in a reservoir that holds 6.5 billion liters of water? Then they would probably not try retrieving the device. However, an Indian government official went to unimaginable lengths to find his Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Rajesh Vishwas, a government-appointed food inspector in Chattisgarh, India, accidentally dropped his Galaxy S23 Ultra in the overflow section of Kherkatta Dam while capturing a selfie with his friends. He approached local divers to help him find his phone. When they could not locate the device, he called an irrigation department official to ask for his permission to drain the water in the overflow section to find the phone.
Indian government official drained 2.1 million liters of water to find lost Galaxy S23 Ultra
Allegedly, the official in the irrigation department verbally granted Rajesh permission to drain a few feet of water from the reservoir so he could find his smartphone. The food inspector then hired a diesel-powered water pump and reportedly drained 2.1 million liters of water over three days into the canals. That's a lot of water and very valuable in a state like Chattisgarh, where many areas suffer from water shortages.
After almost emptying the overflow section, Rajesh finally found his Galaxy S23 Ultra. Unfortunately, the device had already stopped working by that time as it had been under the water for too long. When another irrigation officer came across Rajesh's mission, he filed a complaint to the concerned officials/departments, and soon, Rajesh was suspended from his duties.
What's more shocking is the food inspector then made a video and posted it on social media explaining that the water he had released would not be used for any purpose and would've evaporated in the summer. He added that releasing the water into canals was a good deed/idea as it might have helped farmers in the region to water their farms. He also said that social media is blowing this issue out of proportion.