Camera found after 2 years lost at sea

The excited camera owner plans to visit Taiwan in June to recover the camera.

March 30, 2018, 12:19 PM

A college student in Japan is excited for a very unlikely reunion.

Serina Tsubakhara lost a camera more than two years ago while scuba-diving with friends off the coast of Japan, the BBC reported.

The Canon G12 washed up off the shores of a beach in Taiwan and was recovered by teacher Park Lee and his students while on a field trip to help clean up the beach.

PHOTO: A handout photo made available by teacher Park Lee shows a barnacle-covered camera in a water-proof case that washed up on a beach in Ilan County, northeast Taiwan, March 27, 2018.
A handout photo made available by teacher Park Lee shows a barnacle-covered camera in a water-proof case that washed up on a beach in Ilan County, northeast Taiwan, March 27, 2018.
Park Lee/Handout/EPA via Shutterstock

One of Lee’s students found the barely recognizable camera covered in barnacles and shells.

PHOTO: A school pupil displays the barnacle-covered water-proof camera casing which washed up on a beach.
A school pupil displays the barnacle-covered water-proof camera casing which washed up on a beach.
Park Lee/Handout/EPA via Shutterstock

When Lee opened the camera casing, he was surprised to discover that it was still fully functional with no water damage and a surprisingly still-charged battery.

After consultation with his students, he retrieved photos saved on the camera that showed Japanese youth scuba-diving and shared them on Facebook, in search of the camera's owner.

PHOTO: The camera is pictured after it was removed from the barnacle-covered water-proof casing.
The camera is pictured after it was removed from the barnacle-covered water-proof casing.
Park Lee/Handout/Epa via Shutterstock

His post was widely shared and within 12 hours Tsubakhara emailed him to claim it.

Tsubakhara said she had lost the camera on a September 2015 trip to Ishigaki, Japan's southern-most island, some 155 miles east of Taiwan.

PHOTO: A school boy displays the camera which washed up on a beach in Ilan County, northeast Taiwan, March 27, 2018.
A school boy displays the camera which washed up on a beach in Ilan County, northeast Taiwan, March 27, 2018.
Park Lee/Handout/EPA via Shutterstock

The excited camera owner plans to visit Taiwan in June for the reunion and to personally thank Lee and his students for reuniting her with her camera and the memories she thought were forever lost.

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