A surfer’s GoPro camera that fell into the sea after being swept away by a massive wave was found buried on a beach by a passerby five years later.
Luke Batchelor, 32, from Berwick, Northumberland, was walking along the banks of the River Tweed, near Spittal Beach, when he saw the camera on May 26.
Despite being under the sand for half a decade, the gadget’s SD card was undamaged, showing the moment when the camera disappeared beneath the waves on April 23, 2016.
The footage shows a group of surfers paddling their boards off the coast of Berwick as the surfer holding the camera says, ‘Jesus Christ, I’m going to freeze my t * ts off! This is going to be fine. ‘
Luke Batchelor (pictured), 32, from Berwick, Northumberland, had been walking along the banks of the River Tweed when he saw the camera buried in the sand
Mr. Batchelor uploaded the photos and videos from the camera to his computer and found a selfie of the surfer believed to be the owner of the device
The surfer’s GoPro camera that fell into the sea in 2016 was found five years later along the banks of the River Tweed, near Spittal Beach.
The surfer then paddles out a short distance before a large wave suddenly crashes over him and the camera tumbles into the water.
The camera continues to record underwater for several minutes before eventually dying.
After discovering the GoPro camera, Mr. Batchelor decided to share the video on social media, along with a selfie of the surfer found on the camera, in an attempt to reunite the device with its owner.
The stonemason said, “I was walking along a tidal strip of the Tweed where there is a lot of mud and things like dog toys are washed up.
‘I saw something right next to the sea and at first thought it was a bit nonsense.
I approached and saw that the camera cord that you attach to your body was piled up.
‘I went to pick it up and take it home because I didn’t want to leave it there and I was curious if it still worked.
It was covered in mud and seaweed, and gunk from where the battery had corroded and leaked.
“It’s tide there, so maybe the high tides of the full moon would have washed it all the way from the beach.
“I thought it was worth it, so I bought a card reader and loaded the photos and videos onto my computer.”
A group of surfers paddle their boards into the water off the coast of Berwick
As the group moves deeper into the water, one of the surfers overhears commentary on the freezing temperatures
The surfer paddles away before a large wave suddenly hits him
Despite being hidden under the sand, the gadget’s SD card was undamaged showing the moment the camera disappeared
After uploading the videos and images to his computer, Mr. Batchelor discovered the clip showing the moment the camera was thrown into the sea.
He continued: “I scrolled down to the last shot from the camera that fell to the sea floor, dated April 23, 2016. It was beautiful but spooky to see him just sink to the sea floor.
I scrolled back again and it seemed to make them surf on Spittal Beach, which is just across the river from where I found it.
‘It shows how they line up and go out into the sea and then the first wave hits the surfer from the side.
‘You can see it setting and the camera falling off and through the waves to the sea floor where it continues to record for a few minutes.
There are hundreds of other videos and photos of the owner rock climbing and surfing and some of them were selfies.
‘I wasn’t sure if he was local, but I posted on Facebook to see if other people knew who he was. It was amazing that I think I had 2,000 views within ten hours.
‘People wanted to help and were as amazed as I was, it lasted and survived five years on the sea floor.
“Personally, I hate losing things and losing a camera is horrible when you lose the photos too, so that’s why I wanted to give it back to him.
Someone tagged someone who looked like the person in the pictures and said ‘that’s weird’ but didn’t contact me. I’ll leave it to him to come forward.
‘It was really exciting to make it work in the end and I’m glad I helped find him and maybe reunite him with the memories.
‘It was amazing to me how it survived for so long and was washed up just a mile from where it had been lost all those years ago.
“The last video was a bit spooky to watch, but the rest of the photos are of such high quality that I want to buy one myself.”