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Camera Returned To Owner After Two Years Lost At Sea

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Camera Returned To Owner After Two Years Lost At Sea

A woman has been reunited with her camera after she lost it at sea more than two years ago.

In a story of pure luck and coincidence, the Canon camera recently washed up on a beach in Taiwan.

Serina Tsubakihara lost the device while scuba diving off Okinawa back in 2015, fearing it had been lost forever.

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However, when a group of schoolkids were working to clean up a beach in northern Taiwan earlier this week, an 11-year-old discovered the object and picked it up out of curiosity.

Despite being covered in barnacles, amazingly the camera still works thanks to its waterproof case. Inside was a fully-functioning Canon G12 digital camera that immediately powered on, as the batteries inside still had some charge.

After the kids handed it to her, teacher Park Lee looked through the camera to find photos of a woman in various Japanese locations.

Credit: Serina Tsubakihara/Facebook
Credit: Serina Tsubakihara/Facebook
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After discovering several details from the photos, such as the date and the location, Lee decided to post the discovery on Facebook.

With the internet being the internet, mere hours later Tsubakihara saw the post and realised her camera had been found.

Lee admitted she wasn't sure at first what to do with the camera, telling the BBC: "Some children thought we had earned the camera and could keep for ourselves. Others suggested we should try to find the owner - and so we all sat down to think about how to do that."

Credit: Park Lee/Facebook
Credit: Park Lee/Facebook
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Since the images were evidentially from Japan, they decided to publish the Facebook post in Chinese and Japanese and by Jove, it worked! And the plan definitely paid off, as Tsubakihara was over the moon and plans to travel to Taiwan in June to meet Lee and retrieve her camera.

In a Facebook post, she wrote: "I never thought this would happen. I can't still believe this is happening but the only thing I want to say is thank you so much for every single person who was involved with this!

"I am so lucky and happy to have such a wonderful experience to feel the kindness of people."

Well done internet, well done.

Featured Image Credit: Park Lee

Topics: Facebook, Japan

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