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Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 5:01pm

A lost phone has miraculously found its way back to Cork having spent two months buried in the Austrian Alps.

The ruby red iPhone XR, which can cost up to €1,000, was found by students from Mount Mercy College during a school ski trip to Ehrwald, Austria last week.

The expensive gadget was found in the melting snow close to the steps of the hotel in which the girls were staying.

In an attempt to find the phone’s owner, transition year student and good samaritan Lauren Crean Hickey and two fellow students connected the phone to a charger.

Surprisingly the phone turned on and briefly displayed a wallpaper photograph for a number of seconds.

Even more surprisingly, Lauren thought she recognised one of the people from the photograph as a girl she had attended ballet classes with a few years previous in Cork.

“At first I wasn’t sure but I could tell that they were people our age in the picture. Then I recognised one girl and I was shocked because I knew they had been here so long ago, but the phone was still working,” Lauren told the Cork Independent.

Lauren was then able to track down and contact the girl through social media who informed her that a friend of hers had lost a phone while on a trip with Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG to the same ski resort in early January.

“Thankfully I was able to contact her and figure out who actually owned the phone. I felt happy that I could reunite her with it considering how expensive it was and that she must have got a bit of a fright when she lost it,” said Lauren.

Once returned to its owner, the phone was confirmed to be working perfectly after spending two months buried in the snow.

Lauren advised future visitors to: “Mind anything valuable and don’t bring your phone out skiing, especially one that expensive!”

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