Waterproof digital cameras are a great way to document adventures in and around water, but one thing you should be wary about is the fact that cameras sink. Despite being waterproof, shockproof, and a variety of other -proofs, the cameras require a separate floater strap that keep them at the surface of the water if they ever get separated from your wrist.
The video above shows why this extra strap is a good idea. Uploaded by YouTube user BackyardJim, it’s the last video on the memory card of a camera found at the bottom of a plunge pool.
After finding the still-functioning camera at the bottom of a gorge near Woodstock, NY in the Catskills, BackyardJim recovered the nearly 30-minute-long video showing how the camera came to be there. It shows a first-person view of some daredevil dude using the camera to document his plunge into the pool. Once he hits the water, he accidentally lets go of the camera and loses it to gravity.
Perhaps unable to dive to the bottom, the guy ended up abandoning the camera there. If you have a friend who’s bemoaning the loss of a slick waterproof digicam, drop BackyardJim a line — he’s trying to find the owner.