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GoPro family being sought

By Staff | Jun 28, 2017

An image taken from a GoPro that washed ashore west of Bowman’s Beach earlier this month of a family, who may be residents of Southwest Florida. PHOTO TAKEN FROM GOPRO

On June 6, a Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation sea turtle patrol volunteer was going about their morning routinely looking for turtle crawls and picking up trash when they spotted a GoPro west of Bowman’s Beach.

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Shorebird Program Coordinator and Biologist Audrey Albrecht said they dried the GoPro water housing, as well as the GoPro HERO4, before pulling out the memory card. After putting the memory card into the computer, she said an assortment of videos surfaced of a family.

The memory card depicted that the family might have just purchased the GoPro and were testing it out. The last video that appeared on the card reveled that it was taken on Dec. 31, 2014, Albrecht said, which would mean the camera was in the water for more than two years.

After doing a little bit of research, she said the family shown throughout the photographs may be from Cape Coral. Some of the videos, Albrecht said seem to be taken in a canal.

At one point, she’s guessing the GoPro was attached to a drone because of the water footage. The videos then turned black, which Albrecht is assuming is when it went into the water.

She said she would love to reunite the GoPro with the family because of the videos that survived the water for two years.

Anyone who knows who the family may be are encouraged to call the Island Reporter at (239) 472-1587, or send an email to mmccoy@breezenewspapers.com.