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Camera Returned After Scuba Odyssey


It wasn’t quite a message in a bottle, but when Florida coastguard and Paul Schultz stumbled across a bright red camera bobbing against the Miami shoreline, what he found led him on a 1,100 mile journey of hungry turtles, mysterious relics and a final meeting with the original owner. After trawling through the photographs and videos contained on the camera, Schultz began retracing what turned out to be an epic voyage that began seven months earlier in the Caribbean idyll of Aruba on a scuba diving expedition involving the camera’s owner, Dutch Navy sergeant Dick de Bruin. Mr de Bruin had lost the camera while exploring a wreck and held little hope of seeing it, or its contents, again. However, thanks to the detective skills of Mr Schultz, who found footage of a sea turtle attack, a mysterious fin and an unidentified relic on the sea bed on the camera’s memory card, he was eventually reunited with the camera after seven months at sea. It is thought the sea turtle switched on the video function on the camera after mistaking it for lunch, recording the entire event.