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Japanese Student’s Camera Found on Taiwan Beach After it was Lost at Sea for Two Years

CREDIT: Park Lee

Remember, guys, that if you ever lose your belongings at sea, they are not always forever lost. In an extraordinary tale of luck, serendipity, and underwater odyssey, a camera that was lost at sea for over two years turned up on a beach in Taiwan. The camera found its way back to its owner, Serina Tsubakihara, after a group of schoolchildren and their teacher shared their find on Facebook.

Tsubakihara told the BBC:

“I couldn’t believe it. I was super surprised when my friends told me about this and sent me the post with those pictures. I was scuba diving and I lost the camera when one of my friends ran out of air and needed my help.”

It was in September 2015 when Ms. Tsubakihara, on a holiday on the island of Ishigaki, Okinawa, some 250 kilometers east of Taiwan, dropped her camera at sea. The elementary schoolchildren found the camera, covered in barnacles and shells, while on a beach-cleaning trip.

Park Lee, the children’s teacher, explained how the casing of the camera looked like a rock due to barnacles and shells, but once they found a button to open the case, they discovered that not a drop of water entered had entered the case and that the camera was still in good shape. Leer discussed with his students what to do with their finding.

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

Because some of the pictures were taken from Japan, they deduced that the owner could be Japanese. Thus, they posted their messages in Chinese and Japanese. In an instant, their post was shared more than 10,000 times, which finally led to Ms. Tsubakihara. She now plans to go to Taiwan to retrieve her long-lost camera and thank the teacher and the schoolchildren for finding it.

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