Owner reunited with camera she lost in Hawaii after it washes up on Taiwan beach 6 years later

Lindsay Scallan of Newnan, Georgia took photos on her Canon PowerShot during a vacation on Maui in 2007, and lost her new camera (in its waterproof case) during a night scuba dive. "The seas were really rough. There was a lot of sand stirred up. It was hard to see," she told HawaiiNewsNow. Over the next 6 years, it floated thousands of miles to Taiwan, where an employee of China Airlines discovered the camera on a beach in February, 2013. "The airline asked Hawaii News Now to help find the owner seen in many of the pictures." The story went viral, and Scallan has been reunited with her gadget, and her memories.

[via CNN]


  1. this was local news two nights ago, which I caught only because my show ended and this was the *lead* story.  yep, that squirrel can waterski etc.

    Because I have a rain machine specifically built for parades (as Nash Rambler said in a different thread,) I wonder if the woman in question hadn’t been a pretty blonde white lady how much interest China Airlines would have in the publicity of giving her an all-expense-paid trip to China.  which they’re giving her, btw.  yeah, I know, sour grapes :/  there’s nothing wrong with it, I’m just cynical.

  2. Kind of amazing that 6 years on we still have the technology to read the surely obsolete media used in that ancient camera.

  3. Canon needs to start making those cases again, damm six years floating in the ocean and the camera looks brand new.  Thats a good tight seal.  Props to china airlines for having a great employee.  Of course the camera is almost worthless because of its age.

    1. I’m guessing the second picture is before.

      Edit: Nevermind, the dents would suggest otherwise. That’s some case.

    2. “…the camera is almost worthless because of its age.”

      Really?  Maybe in resale terms.  4 megapixels can make decent-sized prints and are entirely sufficient for web images.  I still use my 7-year old A620 in some situations, despite its obsolescence.

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