I'm a computer repair guy ....and people bring us electronic-stuff that got wet....all the time....laptops, pda's, palms, pagers, pc's, cellphones, cameras, etc.
I hope you didn't try to turn it on.
Even if you did... you can try the basics I've learned on cleaning-up wet electronics:
rule#1 = even if it is not turning-on doesn't mean its dead.... it can come back to life if all the water is evaporated....meaning that the tinnie-tiny electronic circuits are no longer being short-circuited from the presence of water.
Now.... You'll need to remove the battery and then look for all the screws that hold the casing together. You'll need a tiny philipshead screwdriver (sometimes called an "eyeglass screwdriver") and a small flathead screwdriver to PRY on the edges of the casing to UNSNAP plastic pieces.
If you can get down to the circuitboard..... pat-dry and let it all air-dry for 3 days. Dont use a hairdryer or you'll end up melting some small pieces....you'll also be forcing water into small nooks-n-crannies. Just let air-dry...dont even blow a fan on it. just let it sit in the open air.
After 3 days... wipe down the circuitboard gently with a soft cloth and enough rubbing alcohol to barely get the circuitboard wet-looking.... a very thin film....not very much at all. Rubbing alcohol will find the micro-nooks-n-crannies where the water may still be hiding and will dry it out when the alcohol dries...it displaces the water.
After alcohol dries for a couple of hours... put all back together and it has a 50/50 shot of working again.
If it doesnt work after all that.... then have some fun by taking out your frustration by beating it to a pulp with a hammer. That's always fun. Us repair guys like to show who's boss by beating the living heck out of things... I know... I'm in counseling/therapy... hehehe
Well I know that after some friends tried to take off with out me on a houseboat (long story), my cell phone got a little wet. All I did was pull the battery right away and let it dry out for several days. It ended up working again for me.
An alcohol bath will evaporate the water and rinse off the crud. It is a regular process at work. I would not soak the whole phone but you can use it liberally on the circuit board and things like the contacts for the battery.
Try and get some decent Q tips (n0t the dollar for four hundred pack with furries) or borrow a make up applicator when the fair half is not looking.
yeah alcohol is the best way to displace the water on the board. I had my cell phone while I was dropping a boat down a ramp. I slid down the ramp and wet the phone. I just took the battery off and when I got home I wiped it with alcohol and it turned out fine
yep mine went swimming with me for about 30 minutes before realizing what happened. Took the battery off. Waited a couple of days and it worked. It got where people couldn't hear me tho so I then opened it up and used alcohol and qtip cleaned it off and it started working again.
I've not dropped my cellphone in the saltwater but have dropped my pager in the sw buckets at least twice. I take it apart as much as I can, put it in the oven at 100 degrees for several hours. So far, so good, it still works! But it keeps wanting to go in the reef tank (smile).....