lost and found

Camera washes up on beach: A modern day message in a bottle

Cool story. This camera. A Canon EOS was underwater for over a year. Somebody with a little bit of tech knowledge found it, while diving, and managed to salvage some of the photos. The camera is obviously a write off. The photos were from August 2010, which meant it spent quite some time in the ocean and exposed to the elements.

The cool part of the story is that the guy who found the story managed to crowd source the contact details of the owner, reuniting photographer with photographs…

“The photographs, having spent 440 days on the ocean floor, have been reunited with the photographer and the family. I am very happy to have facilitated the journey back to where the photographs belong! I certainly didn’t anticipate the attention this created, any photographer finding my camera would do the same, right? Thanks again for the great help that came from all of you – the Google+ community. I received an email from the recipient of your help this morning:

“Again thank you so much!!! Seeing the pictures brings tears as we really had forgotten what we were missing by not having them.”

And in a nice little PR twist, perhaps predictably, Canon is replacing the camera for free. It is perhaps a better endorsement for the memory cards than for the camera maker – and San Disk are sending some free goodies to both the finder, and the photographer. Good news all round…

From Google+, Via Engadget.

Lost and found

I love good news stories – especially good news stories about survivors or people thought lost being found. The comments from loved ones are always pretty awesome, they’ve just ridden the ultimate emotional rollercoaster going from grief to incredible joy in an instant – and they give hope to anyone who gets stuck on “denial” in the coping cycle…

So this story about a British teenager who went hiking in the Blue Mountains 12 days ago and just turned up alive is awesome – particularly his dad’s response. He flew in from England and was set to leave this afternoon before his son turned up alive.

There’s a sermon illustration here for anyone doing the Prodigal Son – here’s what the dad had to say:

"When I arrived, I thought there was still hope, but after day after day went (I thought) we have to maybe consider something terrible has happened to him.

"I actually didn’t start turning cartwheels until I made the call.

"It was absolutely stunning. I’m like a lunatic, [yelling] ‘My boy’s been found, my boy’s been found,’ " he told reporters.

Police then flew Mr Cass by helicopter to the Blue Mountains so that he could be reunited with his son.

He said he was very pleased to see his son, but also expressed anger at his actions.

"Mistake after mistake he’s made.

"I can’t say I’ll kill him, it would spoil the point of him coming back.

"[But] I’m going to kick his arse.”

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