A digital camera that had seemed ceaselessly lost has been found after 13 years.
Coral Amayi lost her camera in 2010 while tubing on the Animus River in Colorado, following her best friend’s wedding.
“I had gotten tossed from my tube at Smelter Rapid,” Amayi told FOX 31 Denver.
“And I got here back up, got my tube, and my camera was missing,” she told the station.
Lots of the photos on Amayi’s camera had not been uploaded to her computer, leaving her “heartbroken,” in line with FOX 31.
“I remember getting back to my boyfriend’s house and uncontrollably crying and upset,” she said.
Amayi reportedly thought she would ever see her camera again.
All that modified, when a fisherman found something in shallow water, FOX 31 reported.
“I used to be walking along and saw it protruding of the sand,” the angler, Spencer Greiner, told FOX 31.
“It was in rough shape, so I actually didn’t have any hopes of getting anything off of it, I used to be just planning to throw it away, after which curiosity got the perfect of me, and I needed to see what was on it,” he said.
Greiner was in a position to use a screwdriver and open the door to access the camera’s memory card.
He doubted whether the memory card would even work as a consequence of its poor state.
“But I plugged it into the pc, and it read immediately and I used to be like, ‘Oh cool, let’s see what kind of treasures we’re going to search out on this memory card.’”
While scrolling through the photos, he found images of a tubing trip, a bachelorette party, and a marriage, FOX 31 reported.
Determined to trace down the camera’s owner, Greiner posted a number of the images in an area Durango Facebook group.
He asked: “Did you get married on June twelfth, 2010 within the Durango area? Did you could have an unpleasant brown stretch station wagon at your bachelorette party? Do you recognize any of those people? If that’s the case please contact me.“
Inside an hour, Greiner had people coming forward after recognizing themselves in several of the pictures, FOX 31 reported.
“It was lower than an hour after I made the post and the groom from the marriage was like, ‘That’s me and my wife!’” Greiner told the station.
“So, I used to be shocked that it happened so quickly,” Greiner said.
FOX 31 reported that the bride and groom who recognized the photos then reached out to Amayi with the excellent news that her camera had been found.
“I got up and was like dancing in the lavatory, and I used to be like, ‘Who am I going to inform?! I want to inform this to someone like without delay,’” Amayi shared.
From where the camera was lost to where it was found downstream, Greiner believes the camera traveled 1.2 miles down the Colorado river, FOX 31 shared.
After 13 years within the river, Amayi’s camera had withstood the elements of nature.
“It just blows my mind that an SD card still worked in spite of everything that point,” Amayi said.
Fox News Digital reached out to each Amayi and Greiner for comments.