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Old 02-12-2018, 02:31 PM
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Guys,
A bit of a long shot here.

While I was down in Islamorada last week, I was heading out to Alligator Reef in the boat when I spotted what turned out to be a Vivitar underwater camera floating on the surface. I grabbed it and went back to the hotel. It was working fine, but the battery was nearly discharged. I took the memory card out and it was still in good working order.

Long story short, I'm trying to see if I can find the owners. Here's the details:

- The images are from a family who took a Disney cruise in January of 2015. They went to Jamaica (Dunn River Falls), and Grand Cayman scuba diving. They also went to Disney's Castaway Cay.

- I've got another thread going on a scuba forum with more details that you can read about there.

UPDATE: I've gotten in touch with Disney and they are working to locate the family. In the interest of privacy, they recommended that I NOT publish pictures of the family, particularly any pictures of children, so I'm pulling any pictures with them down.

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How about posting on www.cruisecritic.com?
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How about posting on www.cruisecritic.com?
Great idea! Thanks.
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Originally Posted by tcpip95 View Post
Guys,
A bit of a long shot here.

While I was down in Islamorada last week, I was heading out to Alligator Reef in the boat when I spotted what turned out to be a Vivitar underwater camera floating on the surface. I grabbed it and went back to the hotel. It was working fine, but the battery was nearly discharged. I took the memory card out and it was still in good working order.

Long story short, I'm trying to see if I can find the owners. Here's the details:

- The images are from a family who took a Disney cruise in January of 2015. They went to Jamaica (Dunn River Falls), and Grand Cayman scuba diving. They also went to Disney's Castaway Cay.

- I've got another thread going on a scuba forum with more details that you can read about there.

LINK TO THE PHOTOS

LINK TO SOME OF THE VIDEOS

A friend of mine has posted it on Facebook. Please share if you do the Facebook thing.

great work trying to find the owner, any chance you can include e the pics in this thread as with a smartphone you cant see them in your links (says you need a PC)
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Most cruise ships have associates in each port to facilitate things like this.
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If I lose my wallet, I hope you are the guy that finds it. I hope it finds it's way back.
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Good on you trying to find the owner. Hope it works!
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Any barnacles on the case? Wonder how long it has been in the water. Only takes a few weeks (??) for some to grow.

That land in the background does not look like the keys, and the water too blue to be nearshore keys water.
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Good on you for doing this!!
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I believe every cruise ship takes pictures of all passengers as they board.

They seem European to me for some reason.
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https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/f...ost-and-found/
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Originally Posted by Corndog38 View Post
Any barnacles on the case? Wonder how long it has been in the water. Only takes a few weeks (??) for some to grow.

That land in the background does not look like the keys, and the water too blue to be nearshore keys water.
The photos have been identified as Dunn River Falls, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Islands (Red Sail Sports was the dive company, they confirmed their employee is in one of the photos), and Castaway Cay, Bahamas (Disney's private island).

The camera case was a little salty, but NO GROWTH. This leads me to believe that while the pics may be from 2015, they may have taken a subsequent vacation to the Keys and lost it down there. I don't believe the camera has been in the water for 3 years.
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Is it me or is that girl the daughter of Mr. Spock?
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Share with the local news they'll get it going viral. Local 10, WSVN, NBC Miami, etc
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UPDATE: Not sure of the reliability of the dates, as the camera appears to reset to Jan 2015 when the battery goes dead.
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Originally Posted by tcpip95 View Post
UPDATE: Not sure of the reliability of the dates, as the camera appears to reset to Jan 2015 when the battery goes dead.
You are doing a truly stand-up job to find the owner of the camera.
No help from here in the cold Midwest, but I applaud your efforts.
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I believe Reditt has a section on reuniting people with their lost things, they are incredibly resourceful and have gone to great lengths to help secure a happy ending.

Also post on Facebook tagging those locations...

Also have you don't a reverse image search to see if any of these photos were by change already posted on the internet?

https://www.tineye.com

Finally contact the camera manufacture with the serial number and have them track down the owners...
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Originally Posted by Captain Twice Screwed View Post
I believe Reditt has a section on reuniting people with their lost things, they are incredibly resourceful and have gone to great lengths to help secure a happy ending.

Also post on Facebook tagging those locations...

Also have you don't a reverse image search to see if any of these photos were by change already posted on the internet?

https://www.tineye.com

Finally contact the camera manufacture with the serial number and have them track down the owners...
I called Vivitar (camera manufacturer) and they told me they don't track S/N at all. Was hoping someone might have filled out a registration form, but they said that don't have any of that info.

Tried the reverse image search as well but struck out.

Don't know a lot about Facebook (I don't use it) but a friend posted a link: https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi...2956&source=57

I'll chase down Reddit next. Thanks for that tip.
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We lost a camera in Italy a few years ago. I wish someone like you would have found it. Contact info was there with it.

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