Backpacker, Chris Hesford, lost his GoPro camera while kayaking in Byron Bay, Australia six months ago. He was halfway through his round-the-world trip and lost two months worth of photos.
Last month, Australian Steve Carmody found the GoPro in a riverbed 97km away. While the camera did not survive, 32 GB of memories on the memory stick did. Carmody decided to take to social media to find the rightful owner of these memories, so he posted the following to Facebook:
The post went viral. 8,000 shares and two weeks later, after Hesford’s GoPro pictures featured on Australian TV news, someone recognised Hesford and pointed Carmody in the right direction.
Hesford had recorded his travels across America and Fiji before arriving in Australia and had no other copies of his pictures as he had been travelling alone.
He currently works as a lawyer in London, and was in shock when he heard the news.
“It’s amazing that Steve made such an incredible effort to find me,” he said.
“Steve, I am extremely grateful for your efforts, and if you are ever in London the first pint is on me.”