A camera lost on a Hawaiian holiday in 2007 has been found washed ashore in Taiwan - surviving the underwater journey of 5,200 miles with memory card still intact.
The waterproof Canon camera, lost by Lindsay Crumbley Scallan from Georigia while on holiday in Hawaii in 2007, was found intact on a beach in Taiwan by an employee of China Airlines. The pictures found on the memory card of the camera were shown on local TV news in Hawaii, and a friend of Ms Scallan recognised the pictures and was able to link owner and camera.
Douglas Cheng, a manager at China Airlines, explained that one of his employees was taking a walk along a beach in Taiwan and noticed "something Strange" lying in the sand. On closer inspection it was found to be the barnacle-encrusted camera, looking slightly rusted and scuffed but remarkably remaining watertight enough to protect the memory card inside.
"I just was floored that it was my camera and it was all my old pictures and it was amazing," said ms Scallan, talking to Hawaii News Now. "I just couldn't believe it had floated so far, so long ago and the memory card was still intact."
The pictures on the card included images of Ms Scallan and friends on the holiday in Hawaii, as well as underwater photos taken by its owner while snorkelling in the Kannapali region. China Airlines capitalised on the unusual story by offering Ms Scallan a free flight to Taiwan to pick up the camera and card in person.
"Ms Scallan is welcome to visit Taiwan so that she can take home the invaluable memories of her trip to Hawaii," said Lee Wen-yi of China Airline in an interview with Yahoo.