STAKE A CLAIM: The Baker family, Eden, 7, Jess, Levi, Taite, 9 and Archie, 4, of Maroochydore, have found a GoPro camera and would like to return it to its owner (inset), who is believed to have an American or Canadian accent.
STAKE A CLAIM: The Baker family, Eden, 7, Jess, Levi, Taite, 9 and Archie, 4, of Maroochydore, have found a GoPro camera and would like to return it to its owner (inset), who is believed to have an American or Canadian accent. Che Chapman

Hunt for camera owner after fisherman hooks Go Pro

A FISHERMAN who "caught a GoPro" at Cotton Tree is appealing to Sunshine Coast locals to help him find the man whose waterproof video camera he hooked.

Levi Baker said he had been fishing at the Maroochy River mouth near his Cotton Tree Holiday Park campsite last week when he reeled in the unexpected catch.

"It wasn't until I got it in my hand that I realised what it was," Mr Baker said.

The area had been dredged in recent weeks, and he had already caught sticks and "unusual objects" as well as fish.

A Maroochydore resident, Mr Baker had been holidaying at his favourite camping spot with his wife and three children.

Intrigued and excited, Mr Baker plugged the camera into his TV and watched the footage. He discovered recordings of scuba divers at a coral reef, presumably the Great Barrier Reef, and could distil an American or Canadian accent, he said.

The final video was more than an hour in length and showed the moment when its owner was swimming through surf, possibly at Maroochydore Beach.

"I think he was learning to surf," Mr Baker said.

"He seems to be there with a girl surfing. Then he tries to jump over a wave and it seems to have knocked off his camera."

The remaining hour of footage shows the camera being tossed around on the ocean floor before the battery died and the recording stopped.

Mr Baker thought the owner was called David, which is the only name entered in the GoPro's settings.

No date was entered in the device's settings but he was confident it had been in recent weeks as footage had recorded people complaining about how cold the water was, and also because dredging that took place a few weeks ago could easily have displaced or wrecked it.

"I want to get it back to him - it's not every day you scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef," he said.

A keen GoPro owner, Mr Baker said he had a few friends who would gladly receive the video camera, but he wanted to give its true owner time to claim it first.

"If it's anything like mine, it's got so many memories on it," he said.

"I've only been using mine for the last few weeks and it's already been to New Zealand, the Great Barrier Reef, out west towards Sapphire in the gem fields, up north to 1770 and Airlie Beach and Cotton Tree."

Mr Baker said he had posted on social media and on a GoPro forum for lost and found devices, but so far had no leads as to the whereabouts of its owner.

Contact nicky.moffat@scnews.com.au to get in touch with Mr Baker and help find the unlucky "David".



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