A team of divers are happy to reunite a pair of vacationers from France with a camera found at the bottom of a lake in the Columbia Valley.
Charlene Barker was part of a group of divers that found a working GoPro Camera over 180 feet below water in the Windermere Wells last year.
The camera had pictures taken in 2012 from a vacation to the Columbia Valley.
Barker posted some of the pictures on Facebook when she returned to Calgary, hoping to find the camera’s owner.
It took over 4,000 shares on Facebook before she was contacted by the camera’s owner.
“Exactly one year and two days later, I get a Facebook message saying ‘You have my GoPro. I am in France,'” Barker says. “So that was really quite interesting. Of course, I was a little skeptic at first, so I asked him a few questions, which he verified.
Barker says she’s amazed she was able to reconnect the camera with its owners over 7,000 kilometres away.
“They found out about it, it was a newscast that showed about the GoPro, because they thought it was interesting that it was shared 4,000 times,” Barker says. “Someone in Victoria spotted that newscast and they are friends of the sister that lived in Calgary. They sent a message to them saying ‘Hey, this is what I saw about Calgary. I think this is your brother’s camera.'”
Barker says her group has found cameras on dives before, but not usually in working order.
She will be mailing the camera back to the owner this week.
– Charlene Barker, Calgary resident
(Picture 1: GoPro Camera found in the Windermere Wells last year. Picture provided by Charlene Barker)
(Picture 2: Photo of the Windermere Wells from ClubTread.com)