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Owner of camera which traveled from Maui to Taiwan has been found

By Anne Sewell     Mar 26, 2013 in World
On March 23, Hawaii News Now published an article with photos, looking for the owner of an underwater camera which had traveled on its own from Maui all the way to Taiwan. The happy owner has now been found, and five years later can see her photos.
The Canon camera, which was covered in barnacles when found, was lost during a diving trip in Kaanapali back in August 2007. The memory card was still intact, and had photos of the potential owner and memories of her trip.
The owner had no doubt written off the camera for good, but now, five and a half years later, and more than 6,200 miles away, it has turned up on the east coast of Taiwan.
According to Bruce Chen, General Manager of the China Airlines Honolulu Branch, an employee found "something strange" on a beach in Taiwan and took a closer look and realized "Oh this is a camera."
"We checked the memory card and found lots of pictures" says Chen.
The owner of the airline offered an open ticket from China Airlines to the owner to collect the camera in person in Taiwan, and Hawaii News Now put out the message: "If you have any clue who she is, we'd love to know so those memories long gone can be returned and she can make new ones in Taiwan."
Well, the owner has now, indeed, been found and this is how. On the card, Cheng found photos of a catamaran called Teralani 3. He then tracked down the boat to a tour operator in Maui, and after contacting Hawaii's tourism bureau along with getting help from Hawaii News Now, he was finally able to track the camera back to Lindsay Scallan of Newnan, Georgia.
It turns out that Scallan took the camera, complete with an underwater housing, on a vacation trip to Maui in 2007. During a nighttime scuba dive in Kaanapali, Scallan lost her camera and quite honestly didn’t expect she would ever see it again.
However, the happy ending is not yet complete, as the camera is, at present, still in Taiwan.
Unfortunately, Scallan has had to refuse the kind offer of a flight to Taiwan to collect the camera as she started a new job only a week ago and cannot take vacation time.
She is, however, thrilled to have access to the photographic memories of her 2007 trip in the meantime.
"Brought back some good memories, and some pictures I'd forgotten I'd taken. It was great. I'm curious to see what else was on there," said Scallan.
On top of which, it seems that Canon is a good make of camera to invest in!
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