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Camera Drone Found in Lake with Footage of Owner and Crash Into Water

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Anne-Marie Valentine was on a camping trip at Folsom Lake in California last month when she spotted what appeared to be a dead seagull at the bottom of the dry lake bed. When she got closer, she realized that it was a camera drone that someone had crashed into the lake before the drought had sucked away water. What’s more, footage in the video camera was still intact, and it showed the drone’s unfortunate final flight.

“My very interested 13 year old boy opened up the waterproof case and took out the camera and found that there was a sim card in there,” Valentine writes. “When we got home I plugged it in and found that it actually was protected enough and found the video of it going down and the plunge in to the water!”

Here’s the video (the crash happens about 1.5-minutes in):

PLEASE SHARE TO SEE IF WE CAN LOCATE OWNER:DRONE FOUND at Folsom Lake at the Peninsula campground area at the bottom of the lake, or what was the bottom of the lake 2 months ago… On our wonderful camping weekend at Folsom Lake, we came across what I thought was a dead seagull upside down (from far away), but in fact it was a Drone, fully equipped with video camera in a water proof case. With the water going down about 6" a day it finally became visible, I picked it up and it spent the rest of the weekend with us, in that time my very interested 13 yr old boy opened up the waterproof case and took out the camera and found that there was a sim card in there. When we got home I plugged it in and found that it actually was protected enough and found the video of it going down and the plunge in to the water!!! As well as the video and image of the guy who lost it… The date of the last flight was June 6th 2015, we found it July 31st 2015, almost 2 months to the day it went under.. We think that this is pretty cool, and that the guy who lost it should get this back, so he can share his story about his lost drone, that spent 2 months under water and found and returned to him. So if you know this guy in this video/pic (white shirt) please let him know we have his Drone and would like him to have to back!!I will say this is just a clip of the video of it going down, but being there now and when he was there and the images of the lake where astounding, how much the water has gone down and still going…. also the video still recorded under water for 30 minutes, and in one of them you see carp swimming by! Awesome find, help me find the owner!!Pic of owner in comments… Thanks

Posted by Anne-Marie Valentine on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Valentine says the camera continued recording for 30 minutes after falling into the lake, and at once point it managed to capture some underwater footage of a carp swimming by.

The video also contained images of the drone pilot who lost the drone on June 6th, 2015:

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Valentine is now trying to return the drone and memory card to the owner. “We think that this is pretty cool, and that the guy who lost it should get this back, so he can share his story about his lost drone that spent 2 months under water and found and returned to him,” she says.

This story has gotten over 3,900 shares on Facebook since Valentine shared it on her page.

(via Anne-Marie Valentine via SacBee)

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