That campaign and the ensuing media coverage reportedly got the attention of a local farmer who knew the source of the phones all along.


René Morvan told France Info he was 19 or 20 when a big storm took place in the early 1980s. After the tempest, he and his brothers were exploring caves that could only be accessed during low tide, and found a large container filled with the phones.

Morvan hasn’t returned to the cave in about 30 years, but he escorted a team of journalists and Ar Vilantsou representatives to the spot. The team found parts of a shipping container buried in the crag, and orange phone fragments scattered around the cave and stuck between stones.


“The mystery is solved,” Dominique, an Ar Vilantsou volunteer, told France Info. “We found our treasure.”

[France Info via BBC]