Camera dropped in ocean, returned to owner 16 months later

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  1. Smashy

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    Barbara and Dennis Gregory, 65, from Johannesburg, South Africa, thought they would never see the Nikon P90 again after it fell into the ocean en-route from New York to Southampton in 2008.

    But 16 months later Benito Estevez, a fisherman from Spain, found the camera in his nets with the photos still intact on the memory card.

    He decided to trace the owners and posted five pictures online which showed Mrs Gregory posing on the deck of the ship and her husband wearing a woolly tourist hat from Oxford.

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    The story was picked up by the British media and Laura De Klein, a friend of the couple who lives in Chalgrove, Oxfordshire, recognised them and got in touch.

    Mrs Gregory, 53, said: "To think the Spanish fishermen has gone to such efforts on this – it's very touching.

    "It's literally a dream come true. There's no way we could ever have imagined that this thing would ever turn up again. It sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic.

    "It's incredible it survived 16 months submerged at that depth – I'm almost speechless."


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/new...is-returned-by-fisherman-18-months-later.html
     
  2. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    Nikon will be using them in their next advertising!!

    I'll bet they will be using a better neck strap from now on.

    :cool:
     
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    I wonder how deep it actually went, amazing it survived. I was thinking of getting a D90 too, they seem to be the Glock of cameras.:rofl:
     
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    tbhracing Senior Member

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    Good story Smashy, thanks!
     
  5. Ol Timer

    Ol Timer ↓ hog hunter ↓ Millennium Member

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    That is a beautiful thing Benito did.
     
  6. Swiper

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    Isn't this more about the quality of the memory card? The camera is broke but the memory card survived.
     
  7. wolf19r

    wolf19r Problem Solved!

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    SD cards I believe are water proof. Not 100% sure though.
     
  8. whitetiger7653

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    :agree: and for good measure :needspics:
     
  9. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    The Glock of cameras is Canon.

    (I am a Canon shooter, can you tell??)

    :supergrin:
     
  10. MooseJaw

    MooseJaw NRA Lifer CLM

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    I was expecting to read that there were a bunch of underwater pics.. :wow:


    Now THAT would have been cool..

    How'd the pics get there?? Aliens?? Sea Creatures?? Sneaky Spanish Fishermen, playing w/ you??

    :rofl:
     
  11. hatidua

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    Memory cards can quite easily go through the washer AND DRYER and be just fine. The impressive part is the finding of the camera, not that images were intact.
     
  12. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

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    Pretty cool story but, yeah, not really surprising the memory card was still good. Now, if the camera still worked I'd be impressed.
     
  13. filthy infidel

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    I don't beleive the story is 100% correct. That appears to be Mr. Gregory in the photograph.
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    american lockpicker License to Il

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    I bought a Nikon this morning, but it was before I read this i swear LOL
     
  16. cgwahl

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    They can usually survive a wash and dry, assuming you let it fully dry before putting it in an electrical device, but being submerged in water for months, particularly salt water is a different story.

    I'm surprised the salt water didn't eat away at the contacts and stuff.
     
  17. Glockdude1

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    New Nikon D3X right?
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    The body alone is $7995. :supergrin:
     
  18. DScottHewitt

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    Even if the memory card said "Nikon" on it, it was probably made by one of the memory card makers and just labeled Nikon.
     
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    american lockpicker License to Il

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    For that price you might as well get a German made Leica.
     
  20. DScottHewitt

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    The card still had the images on it and they were recoverable. Does not mean the camera still worked.