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
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.
- 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.