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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Spanish fisherman nets camera lost on cruise ship two years ago.

Back in October 2008, Mr. and Mrs. Gregory from South Africa were enjoying a cruise on the magnificent Queen Mary 2, making photos of their vessel passing alongside the famous QE2.

When taking their photos, the camera accidentally fell overboard into the Atlantic off the coast of Ireland. Usually, dropping a camera into the ocean means the end of the camera, and the photos stored on it. To the couples amazement, their camera and memory card were returned to them this week after a Spanish fisherman caught it in one of his nets. Apparently, Benito Estevez found the camera, and was able to track down where the photos were taken, contacted the cruise line, and managed to reunite the couple with their photos. Of course, the camera was damaged beyond repair, but the memory card was still in excellent condition, as were the photos stored on it. Peter Shanks, the CEO of Cunard obviously took good advantage of this fantastic event, and had the following to say:

"In all my years in the travel industry I have never heard of such a heart-warming stroke of luck and we at Cunard are delighted that Mr. and Mrs. Gregory have been reunited with their photos. The images are even more poignant as they depict the last transatlantic crossing of the great QE2 and can never be taken again."
This renews my faith in people – I think most people would just throw something away, without a second thought, but to go to this much effort to reunite someone with their photos is a breath of fresh air.

May God bless you Benito for your kindness!

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