GoPro “Survivor Camera” needs to find its owner after spending a Maine winter at the bottom of the Class III-IV Kennebec River.
The “World’s Most Versatile CameraTM” just scored an epic credibility win in the eyes of Maine’s rugged, professional whitewater rafting guides at Northern Outdoors. These guides use GoPros to shoot whitewater rafting video and stills on Maine’s three most popular whitewater rivers, the Kennebec, the Dead, and the Penobscot. They know the cameras work, (and they work ’em hard) but the GoPro HD Hero 960 camera that was pulled out of the river just this week got their “stand-up and salute” kind of attention.
THE FIND: June 2013
Guests from Three Rivers Rafting hanging out along Maine’s Kennebec River this week at a popular midway point found a GoPro camera case stuck in the mud and pulled it out. They gave it to their bus driver, thinking someone must have recently lost it.
The driver took it back, opened it up, and plopped the disk in a computer to see what was on it. The pictures and video were all there, fully functional! He recognized the raft was a Northern Outdoors raft, and delivered the camera to us so we could try to track down the owner. Kudos and thanks to this fellow!
Someone out there is going to be one happy owner – maybe in a matter of cyber-days from posting this initial story…
THE RIVER SETTING: May 2012
The images on the camera revealed that the guide was Dawn Knowles, one of our long-time, year-round guides here at Northern Outdoors. She recalled that it was a late spring 2012 rafting trip of 6 fellows (might have been a bachelor party group). The camera was lost in Swimmer’s Rapid, nearly a mile from where it was pulled out of the river. (For any Sherlockian sleuths or doubting Thomases out there, our video boater and another long-time year-round guide, Nick Atwood, points out that the foliage seen in the camera pictures is in full foliage, and so far this spring the leaves are still leafing out.)
THE PEOPLE: Are You My Owner?
IF YOU RECOGNIZE ANY OF THE GUESTS IN THIS RAFT, (OR YOU’RE IN THE RAFT!), CONTACT US AT NORTHERN OUTDOORS!
We have your “GoPro Winter River Survivor” camera! We also have all of the images/video intact. Call us at 207.663.4466 or email us: email@example.com, provide identification as the owner, and we’ll send the camera back to you.
GoPro HD Cameras: Waterproof – Oh Yeah…
World’s Most Versatile CameraTM
Wear It. Mount It. Love It.TM
Northern Outdoors Maine River Rafting Version:
Use It. Lose It. Drown It. Find It.
And… Use It Again.
Northern Outdoors Kennebec Rafting
GoPro: Maker of Survivor Cameras….
We had a minolta weatherproof camera survive the same elements. We lost it when our dory over turned over on the Snake River one summer in Grand Tetons National Park. It was found the next Spring, turned on the entire fall and winter, by a fly fisherman. Turned into the Rangers, we developed the film and used it for about 2 more years. Minolta didn’t even offer to repair for free-Stupid Minolta! lost a customer
Wow those GoPros are so durable its insane! I lost mine at the New River Gorge but I don’t think anyone found it. I hope you find the owner!