Camera to return to the owner of year after a fall in the ocean

The camera was returned to the owner more than two years after he had fallen into the ocean.

(Park, Lee & Serina Tsubakihara)

A camera that washed up on a beach in Taiwan will be returned to the owner more than two years after the device has been dropped during a diving excursion off a Japanese island.

Park Lee was with his class of primary school, the cleaning of a beach in Taiwan as an 11-year-old picked up an item covered with barnacles and shells, the BBC reported on Thursday. Lee looked at the item and discovered that it was a camera with a waterproof housing.

“An 11-year-old boy found the camera,” Lee told the BBC. “We thought it was broken, but then by accident, knocked off a barnacle on the case and found a button for opening the case.”

An 11-year-old boy found the camera while cleaning a beach in Taiwan.

(Park, Lee & Serina Tsubakihara)

The case did its job, the protection of the camera against the sea. The boy pressed the on / off button and the camera is turned on, revealing dozens of images on the device.


The camera was still in tact and is turned on when the students pressed the power button.

(Park, Lee & Serina Tsubakihara)

Lee said that he and the students thought about what to do with the camera.

“Some of the kids thought we had earned the camera and could keep it for ourselves. Others suggested we should try to find the owner — and so we all sat down to think about how to do that,” Lee said.

Lee posted a long message on Facebook in Chinese and Japanese after seeing some of the photos are made in Japan. He said evidence indicated the camera was in the hands of young people and placed a number of the photos to help with identifying the owner. Within a day, his post received more than 10,000 shares, and a response from the owner, Serina Tsubakihara.

Park, Lee said that he believed that the camera was in the possession of someone who was younger based on the photos.

(Park, Lee & Serina Tsubakihara)

“I couldn’t believe it,” Tsubakihara against the BBC. “I was super surprised when my friends told me about these and sent me the post with those pictures.”

Tsubakihara said that they lost the camera in 2015, while she was on vacation on the island of Ishigaki, Okinawa, approximately 155 km east of Taiwan. The camera drifted hundreds of miles, finally washing ashore on the beach in Taiwan.

Park Lee posted several photos to help identify the owner.

(Park, Lee & Serina Tsubakihara)

“I was scuba diving and I lost the camera at one of my friends ran out of air and needed my help,” Tsubakihara said. “I am so happy and glad that this wonder opportunity to feel friendliness of the people in my life.”

Tsubakihara said that they plan to visit Taiwan in June to pick up her camera and personally thank the teacher and the students.

“Those pictures make me think of old memories and brought me back to that,” she said.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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