A camera lost during a nighttime scuba dive off Maui, Hawaii, in 2007 has been found by a China Airlines employee on a beach in Taiwan. Amazingly, the camera drifted for nearly six years and 6,000 miles before washing ashore in Taiwan last month. The camera's owner was found this week and Hawaii News Now has the incredible story:
Lindsay Scallan of Newnam, Georgia, figured her waterproof Canon PowerShot camera and all her photos were lost for good on a dive off Kaanapali.
"The seas were really rough," she told Hawaii News Now. "There was a lot of sand stirred up. It was hard to see."
The next morning, Scallan scoured the beach, hoping the camera had washed ashore.
"But of course, we didn't find it, so at that point I just gave up," she told Hawaii News Now. "I was pretty disappointed because I had all my vacation pictures on there. Plus, the cost of the camera."
Fast forward nearly six years to a beach on Taiwan. China Airlines employee Douglas Cheng was strolling along a beach at Taitung on Taiwan's east coast when he discovered the weathered, barnacle-encrusted camera. The memory card helped Cheng identify where the camera had been lost. A friend saw a story about the lost camera and sent it to Scallan, in Georgia.
"I just was floored that it was my camera and those are all my old pictures," Scallan said. "It was amazing. I couldn't believe it that it floated so far, for so long, and the memory card was still intact."
China Airlines offered to fly her to Taiwan to pick up the camera, and though she just started a new job, she could take time off without pay. Either way, soon, the camera will be reunited with its owner.
"Brought back some good memories, and some pictures I'd forgotten I'd taken," she said. "It was great. I'm curious to see what else was on there."