Lost camera returned to owner after five years

A camera lost on holiday in Hawaii in 2007 is found 6,000 miles away

Now this is an airline going the extra mile. Or 6,000 miles in this case.

China Airlines have traced the American owner of a camera which was lost on holiday in Hawaii in 2007. The camera was found on a beach in Taiwan last month, more than 6,000 miles away, and they've been searching for the owner ever since.

Eventually, Lindsay Crumbley Scallan from Georgia, USA, was identified as the owner by a friend. Not only will she be reunited with her photos but she'll be offered a free round-trip ticket to Taiwan to pick it up in person.

"Ms Scallan is welcome to visit Taiwan so that she can take home the invaluable memories of her trip to Hawaii," said Lee Wen-yi, an official of the airline.

Lost camera returned to owner after five years

Lindsay lost the waterproof camera in August 2007 during a diving trip in Maui. It was found by Douglas Cheng, a China Airlines manager, while he was strolling along a beach at Taitung on Taiwan's east coast on February 13.

Despite the fact that the camera was covered in barnacles, the memory card was still intact and contained all of the photos that Lindsay had snapped on her Hawaiian vacation nearly five and a half years prior.

Hoping to reunite the camera with its unknown owner, a story was published on the Hawaii News site on 22 March, which included photos from the memory card of a woman who was presumed to be the owner.

Thanks to the power of social media sites and online sharing, two days later Lindsay had received news of her camera's re-appearance.

Hopefully we'll be seeing pictures of Lindsay on a beach in Taiwan sometime soon.

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