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GoPro lost on dive trip washes up two years later

FOUND: David Delforce on his honeymoon on Hamilton Island. Mr Delforce thought his photos were gone forever after his GoPro slipped of his head while diving off Hay Point in 2014.
FOUND: David Delforce on his honeymoon on Hamilton Island. Mr Delforce thought his photos were gone forever after his GoPro slipped of his head while diving off Hay Point in 2014. Contributed

WHEN his GoPro came loose while diving off Hay Point in 2014 David Delforce had no hope it would be found.

But this year the Newcastle resident's luck turned around when Erin Hughes located the device on a beach near Hay Point.

She posted on a community noticeboard on social media that she'd found the GoPro, along with some of the photos, in the hope the owner would be found.

Mr Delforce said a friend of his contacted him to let him know the photos were circulating on social media.

"On February 14 (this year) I got a message from a friend with the screenshot of the post," he said.

He was "shocked", he said, when he realised it had washed up on the beach after more than two years.

It was November 15, 2014 when Mr Delforce, who was working at Hay Point at the time, went diving.

Some of the photos on the device were of his honeymoon in the Whitsundays.

He had just got married and been on honeymoon at Hamilton Island.

"I hadn't extracted the photos off the memory card," Mr Delforce said.

"I thought it was gone forever.

"It slipped off my head as I dived to the bottom.

"I tried to find it but couldn't."

Mr Delforce said he was able to get in touch with Ms Hughes via social media to try to get the GoPro back.

"We had a chat and she said she was happy to send it back," he said.

"I wanted to give her some money but she wouldn't have a bar of it."

He said he would still like to do something to repay Ms Hughes.

Meanwhile he said the GoPro was not in the best condition after spending two years at sea.

"I charged the GoPro to see if I could get it to work but some of the buttons don't work," he said.

"The stainless steel bit is a bit rusty too.

"The data on the memory SD card was fine."

Topics:  diving gopro hay point mackay newcastle


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