Everyone loves a story about an intentionally or unintentionally discarded item being washed ashore at some remote location, miles away from where it was discarded.
It’s why we always click on articles about found wedding or engagement rings, or messages in a bottle that are a century old or other items which were found hundreds of miles away from their original origin point.
But up until now, these remarkable finds were only limited to seaworthy items of the traditional variety.
In other words, if you accidentally dropped your camera, video device or cell phone, chances were pretty solid that you would never see it again.
But a recent news story out of the UK has proven that a solid underwater camera and an accompanying case can withstand the test of time and elements for years as well as miles.
The story begins with an environmental consultant named Adele who happened to lose her underwater camera while diving in the North Sea close to the village of St. Abbs in July of 2013.
The camera, unfortunately, contained irreplaceable photos of her honeymoon. The pictures were more or less deemed as lost forever and forgotten.
That is until an image of the camera itself as well as a couple of pics from the memory card resurfaced on a Facebook group appropriately called “Lost at Sea.”
That’s right! The camera was found in working condition roughly three years later by a diver named Lars Mossberg.
Mossberg was exploring the island of Gullholmen, off the west coast of Sweden, which is about 531 miles away from where it was lost.
The ensuing images were shared among Facebook savvy scuba divers and reached an estimated 2,000 people, which included the original owner.
In fact, Adele had a buddy who had joined the Facebook group the day before the images were posted. The friend, in turn, passed the pictures along to Adele once she recognized a picture of her dad in diving gear.
Adele, who now lives in Colchester with her husband and two kids, immediately reached out to the camera owner and made arrangements to have it shipped back complete with her honeymoon pics, as well as a priceless arsenal of photos taken from diving trips all around the world.
Facebook users who were following the story reacted with joy, but perhaps the biggest story is that a camera with a waterproof case was able to survive for three years and more than 500 miles in the open waters.
A solid waterproof case that protects a well-designed camera can make all the difference in capturing and keeping those underwater photos.
And while you might not need your camera to last three years underwater before acquiring it again, it’s nice to know that if you seek out a good camera and equipment, you have a good chance of keeping your priceless photos in case the worst case scenario arises.
Will the rise of “lost and found” underwater cameras usurp the headlines of messages in a bottle? Only time will tell.
But in the meantime, scuba divers everywhere can happily note that if they take good care of their underwater camera, there’s a chance that if it gets lost, it may very well resurface again.