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Airline finds US owner of camera that survived 8,000-km sea voyage

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- China Airlines said yesterday that it has found the owner of a waterproof camera which spent five years at sea floating from Hawaii to Taitung.

The airline said that the camera belonged to a woman by the name of Lindsay Crumbley Scallan from Georgia in the U.S., and that it has invited her to Taiwan.

A China Airlines executive, surnamed Cheng, discovered the camera while taking a walk along a beach in Taitung during Chinese New Year.

The executive said that although bits of white coral clung to the machine's exterior, indicating a lengthy period under water, its batteries and interior were not significantly damaged.

Cheng extracted the camera's memory card, which was undamaged, and was able to deduce from the photographs stored in the card that the camera had last been in Hawaii roughly five years ago.

Cheng said that it was a miracle the camera had remained intact throughout its 8,000-kilometer voyage.

Cheng contacted China Airlines' Hawaii branch, as well as the local tourism bureau and media, launching a search for the camera's owner.

China Airlines subsequently set up a Facebook page devoted to the operation.

The firm said that a friend of Scallan's emailed a news anchor in Hawaii after seeing reports about the camera, and identified Scallan as the camera's owner.

Members of Hawaiian media then contacted Scallan, and verified her as the owner through a video-conference over the Internet.

China Airlines quoted Scallan as saying that she was very surprised that the camera had been found, and that she found it unbelievable that the memory card had remained intact after spending such a lengthy period at sea.

The firm said that it established contact with Scallan yesterday afternoon, inviting her to Taiwan so that she could bring the memories of her Hawaii trip back home to Georgia.

March 26, 2013    lostcaymancamera@
A similar thing happened in Florida and we are still looking for the Mystery Divers... A SeaLife Reefmaster dive camera washed ashore in St. Augustine Beach Florida in October 2011. Pictures on the camera are of divers and dive sites off Grand Cayman such as the USS Kittiwake which was sunk in January 2011. The images are not dated. More details and images at this link:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/37399439@N04/sets/72157628019988821/
March 26, 2013    thm1229@
It will be interesting to know the brand of the camera and SD card. I'll strongly consider purchasing one soon! LOL
March 27, 2013    nantougene@
Taiwan tourist Bureau missed an excellent opportunity to promote Taiwan. The Girl should have been given two round trip tickets to Taiwan and two weeks all expenses paid vacation traveling in Taiwan. The media in the US would have been all over this reporting on her travels and the people in the US would see the beauty of Taiwan. What a cheap was to promote Taiwan.
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This undated file photo shows the lost camera discovered by a China Airlines executive while taking a walk along a beach in Taitung. According to the airline, the camera traveled 8,000 kilometers from Hawaii to Taitung. Its memory card miraculously remained intact. (CNA)

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