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On the last morning, the trip I looked for the camera in

my boat. It was gone. I checked all bags and the entire

boat and campsite. It could only have fallen overboard.

I was obviously rather upset. Both for the loss of the

camera but more so for the lost images.

6 weeks later I get a message from the head guide of

the trip stating “we’ve found your camera”. Although

I was excited I was still concerned to see if the images

were still intact. Whilst navigating through some rapids

the guide noticed a blue object stuck in the rocks. He

managed to turn around and paddle back. He had

seen the blue floating hand strap with the camera still

attached, which he then retrieved.

I managed to arrange with one of their guests that

was returning to JHB to bring the camera back. I met

them at the Airport. Lo and behold the images were

all there.... the battery was still charged and everything

worked 100%.

Considering that the camera had spent 6 weeks in the

rapids of the Orange river it was darn impressive. The

only damage was the loss of the paintwork. All of the

blue paint was “water washed” off. The screen, buttons,

lens etc. were perfect. Even more impressive than that,

the battery and memory compartment were bone dry.

Not a drop of water.

All in all, the camera far exceeded my expectations. It

now has what many would call “houding”.

This to me is a great story.

A short



- Andrew Strachan

I thought you may like to hear a short story.

In mid October I went on a 5 day paddling and

drifting fly fishing trip on the Orange river just

below Augrabies falls. During the trip, we cover

around 40km in inflatable two-man boats. Naturally

the ideal camera to record the epic fishing is a

waterproof point and shoot. I took along my

Canon PowerShot D20.