GoPro Hero Lost at Sea, Found Two and a Half Months Later by a Spearfisherman

We won’t deny it: we love a good lost and found story. When a camera goes drifting out to sea or is lost in an earthquake, only to turn up months or even years later with the photos still intact, we can’t help but smile and share the story.

In this case, kitesurfer Jens Knof lost his friend’s brand new GoPro Hero in February of 2011. When a spearfisherman found it two and a half months later just hanging out at the bottom of the reef, Knof was both relieved and amazed.

The camera slid off of Knof’s board on February 25th while he was kitesurfing at Kite Beach in the Dominican Republic. As it slowly descended to the bottom of the reef, the little GoPro that could continued to film until the battery died, and then promptly turned off.


Knof put the word out to friends and on Facebook that he had lost the camera, but after a couple of months had passed he all but gave up on the idea that he would ever see the cam again. Lo and behold, on May 11th, a spearfisherman stumbled onto the camera while diving on the reef.

What’s more, once Knof actually got the camera back, he didn’t find the waterlogged mess he was expecting. Instead, he found the GoPro in pristine condition — there wasn’t even a scratch on it!


To see what the camera went through under the sea for the first part of its underwater voyage, check out the video at the top. We just wish the camera might have somehow filmed its recovery as well, but a battery pack and an 8GB SD card will only hold out so long.

(via Doobybrain)

  • 43434master

    another gopro guerilla marketing stunt.. it gets boring.

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Mother of God…

  • Mansgame

    Nice stunt Gopro. You’re still jerks.

  • Kay O. Sweaver

    I saw this months ago, still a cool story but actually pretty common. I met a guy who works as a professional fisherman and one of his buddies finds GoPros about once a month and sells them.

  • Renato Murakami

    If real, sounds nice as proof of water seal. Not so much for the mounting system though.

  • Kyoko Sakata


  • Gary

    “Pristine condition?” Looked like it had an accumulation of crud on it. By the way, I couldn’t help noticing the clean Go Pro he’s holding in the last photo isn’t even the same model.

  • [RYOUGI]

    Watch the video will make you smarter. Watch it before you post next time so no one will not notice that you are silly.

  • Tom Waugh

    I like these “lost and found” stories although I have two questions about this one: Why, at 1minute and 37 seconds into the video do we see the GoPro making its way down to the seabed? And secondly, how did the spear fisherman find its rightful owner?

  • joe

    What they fail to mention is that no serious underwater videographer uses a GoPro with its original case. The curved lens protector makes it impossible to focus on anything underwater. literally everything is out of focus to some degree. It sucks. I learned my lesson the hard way. You need to buy a case from a third party or buy the new case that gopro has released.

  • CrackerJacker

    To your first question: You’ll notice that the “Actual Footage” bug disappears during that shot.

  • Tom Waugh

    Thanks for that CrackerJacker. When I first viewed it, the video progress bar was obscuring that part of the story. Cheers.

  • Anthony J. Mitchell

    I have a GoPro Hero Black. Durable as they may be at the bottom of the sea, they suck ass in usage. Every single time I use the camera, I have to pair the camera with the remote which is touch and go. Sometimes it absolutely will not pair without taking the battery out to hard reset the camera. I regret spending so much money on it. Do not buy one.

  • IBdoug

    All new camera housings come stock with a flat lens now, so underwater images are sharp.

  • bob

    lol, how about one of the pictures shows it, in its waterproof case…… the other bare

    but i guess you knew that? LOL

  • bob

    stunt ? on a old model? mmmmm

  • terry

    Mmmm…at 1:32 it shows the camera as it begins the descent. How can it film itself? Just saying.

  • guau

    lol i thought the same thing.. but maybe they just added that footage to make it more interesting for the audience .. lol