GoPro found on Bay beach two months after it was lost
WHEN Ethan Dack watched his GoPro sink to the bottom of the ocean near Point Vernon, he thought the irreplaceable memories he had captured on the camera were lost forever.
But two months later, just days before Ethan's return home to Bega in New South Wales, his Aunty Kim was walking along Point Vernon beach when she found the cherished camera under a piece of seaweed.
"I honestly couldn't believe it, I sat there thinking 'no way' when I saw it again," Ethan said.
After travelling across Australia with his wife and four children, Ethan wanted to finish his adventure by visiting his close family in Point Vernon.
The GoPro was lost when Ethan and his aunty were kayaking about 500m from shore.
Ethan said he had jumped into the water with the camera to film some turtles that were swimming nearby.
"I'd tied the GoPro around my neck with the pink bit of string I always use," he said.
Ethan and Kim searched for the camera every day for almost a week, but eventually gave up on their search.
"I just accepted those memories had been lost forever," Ethan said.
"All I could do was try to replace some of them, so I took photos of the kids with my granddad."
Two days before Ethan and his family were set to return home, Kim found the camera on the beach, and surprised Ethan with it.
"She handed me this box and said 'I have a little present for you'," he said.
"Everyone else knew about it except me, so I was suspicious that they were all so interested in watching me open the box.
"When I opened it my mouth just fell open, it was pretty great."
Ethan's last remaining grandparent, Denis Dack, told the Chronicle it was a "miracle" his grandson's GoPro had been retreived after two months at sea.
"He had the camera checked by an expert and the card in it was all right his photos were safe; a miracle indeed."