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Camera Lost at Sea for a Year Returns to Owner via...Social Networking!


"I know exactly who the camera belongs to!"

(Photo: Markus Thompson)

Most people who lose their camera assume it's gone for good -- probably picked up, trashed or just plain lost. But when you lose it in the ocean, there are a number of reasons why its a total goner and the pictures lost forever.

But for a firefighter from British Columbia who lost his camera at sea, this was not the case. Not only was the Canon EOS 1000D found but its memory card with a slew of family vacation photos was preserved and helped identify the owner along with social networking sleuths, according to Tecca.

Markus Thompson, a self-proclaimed naturalist and aspiring photographer, was scuba diving in Deep Bay in Vancouver when he found the camera. Amazingly, it had been under water for more than a year but about 50 photos were recovered from the DSLR memory card. That's when Thompson took to the vast social network. Tecca has more:

"Approximately 50 pictures on the card from a family vacation. If you know a fire fighter from British Columbia whose team won the Pacific Regional Firefit competition, has a lovely wife and (now) 2 year old daughter — let me know. I would love to get them their vacation photos," he posted.

Guess how long it took before Thompson had found a match:

The social network's hive mind went to work and in less than 24 hours Thompson received a message stating "I know exactly who the camera belongs to!" The owner, a firefighter from British Columbia, was identified through photos on the card that showed him at the Pacific Regional Firefit competition.

As you might expect, even though the memory card was functional, the camera itself, which can cost about $500 new, was a complete goner. As Tecca states, social media is often a medium for spreading news and other major events, but here's an example of how it works on a "smaller and more personal scale."

[H/T Yahoo]

This story has been updated for clarity.

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