A Samsung Galaxy S7 user has credited his survival from a shipwreck in the Philippines to the flagship phone's waterproof capability. The Galaxy S7 managed to work properly even after being submerged in water, allowing the user to contact authorities and seek help.

Samsung disclosed the incident on 30 August, which took place when the user was on a mid-sized boat heading towards Sabang Beach in central Philippines for a scuba dive trip with 10 other divers on 30 July. The vessel suddenly overturned amid a storm and the passengers were stranded on the foundering vessel for about an hour.

The user – whose identity has been withheld – narrated the incident to Samsung and said it was through the phone that he could contact authorities for help in time. He also added that his Galaxy S7 had more than 50% power although in had been over 24 hours since he last charged the battery of the phone.

Samsung's S7 series has an IA68 rating, meaning it is equipped with gears that can withstand dust, dirt, sand, and is resistant to submersion in water for up to a maximum depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. The same technology has been used by Samsung in the recently launched Galaxy Note 7 as well.

According to previous figures the global sales of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are estimated to have reached 25 million worldwide as at the end of June.