Found at the bottom of the ocean: The missing digital camera dropped overboard with pictures still in tact… but who do they belong to?

September 19, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

A scuba diver is hunting an elusive snapper – after finding hundreds of family photographs on a camera he picked up from the seabed.

Stunned Mark Milburn, 49, spotted the Samsung camera lying on rocks 30ft underwater off the coast of Falmouth, Cornwall.

He took it home to dry out and was stunned to find the memory card was still working – and downloaded more than 800 family snaps.

Diver Mark Milburn from Helston, Cornwall on the diving trip where he found a digital camera on the seabed in the English Channel

Diver Mark Milburn from Helston, Cornwall on the diving trip where he found a digital camera on the seabed in the English Channel

The black digital camera belonging to the family that was dropped overboard

The black digital camera belonging to the family that was dropped overboard

Mark shows off the reverse of the piece of equipment in the hope that somebody will recognise it and come forward

Mark shows off the reverse of the piece of equipment in the hope that somebody will recognise it and come forward

They include images of a family enjoying a holiday to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida.

But there were also photos – taken just two days before – of the same family on a boat trip on the nearby Helford River in Cornwall.

Mark, who runs Atlantic Scuba diving centre in Falmouth, believes they dropped the camera overboard and it was washed out to sea.

He said: ”I was on a routine dive when I spotted this small shiny box on the bed. I thought it was a camera case at first.

This picture found on the memoray card of the camera shows two children in life jackets getting on a boat

This picture found on the memoray card of the camera shows two children in life jackets getting on a boat

This trip to Disneyland could be a treasured memory for someone

This trip to Disneyland could be a treasured memory for someone

A man poses for the camera. He could be the father of the family

A man poses for the camera. He could be the father of the family

”But when I picked it up and it was an actual camera. Obviously I figured the sea water would have done irreparable damage.

”I got back home and dried it out and when the memory card popped out there were all these photos on there.

”The pictures seemed to show family holidays around the world. Some look like Universal Studios in America and there’s some local stuff as well.

This trip to a train museum might jog the memory of the person who lost the camera

This trip to a train museum might jog the memory of the person who lost the camera

A dolphin swims in a tank of water - another shot from the family album found at the bottom of the sea

A dolphin swims in a tank of water – another shot from the family album found at the bottom of the sea

This image shows some sort of school production

This image shows some sort of school production

”Some were taken from a boat, and I recognised the Helford River in the background. From the dates on the images they were taken just two days before.

”I guess they must have dropped the camera overboard and never thought for a minute they’d see it again.

”It would be nice to return the card and the camera to them so they can their memories back.”

Instructor Mark was on a routine dive when he spotted the shiny case

Instructor Mark was on a routine dive when he spotted the shiny case

The camera contains hundreds of pictures including Darth Vadar at a theme park, a steam train, dolphins and a school hall.

It was among 30kg (66lb) of waste collected by a group of local divers carrying out an underwater beach clean off Falmouth.

They also found plastic bags, tin cans, golf balls – and an iPhone.

Mark, of Falmouth, said the rubbish is potentially dangerous to marine life and
divers themselves.

He said: “It’s a big problem. We find tin cans, but the bodies of the cans rot away leaving sharp edges that can cut your feet

”Big fish will swallow them thinking they’re little fish because they’re shiny.”

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