You can’t deny that this kid is determined.
The 16-year-old took matters into his own hands after the angling club refused to let him use his diving suit to retrieve the device, sneaking back later that night armed with a powerful pump and two hoses.
‘I thought two pumps would drain enough of the water from the pond so I could find my cellphone,’ he told his local paper in Cologne.
‘I knew the phone was probably dead but wanted to get the data card back with the numbers, pictures and videos of my friends.’
The youngster thought that if he directed the water into the angling club toilet he may get away with his plan – but he failed to notice that the toilet wasn’t attached to a sewage system.
When the owner arrived to a flooded car park he quickly found the cause and called police.
The boy was ordered to pay for the damage for the toilet, the clean-up operation and the water to refill the pond.
And though he didn’t recover his phone, he was unapologetic.
‘It almost worked,’ he insisted.