Schoolboy happy to get back his camera lost in Berg

2014-01-10 00:00

A PUPIL from Krugersdorp who thought he had lost his camera got it back yesterday after two university students found it on December 31 in the Drakensberg.

The two students, Niel Mostert and Nardus Heymans (both 21), traced Lwan Vetten (17), a matric pupil from Krugersdorp High School, through Media24 newspapers after they had found the drenched camera atop Mont-aux-Sources.

“It rained like mad on New Year’s Eve. The camera was totally wet when we picked it up the next day,” said Heymans.

“We could not believe it was still working.”

They approached sister paper Beeld to help find the owner after their own efforts at resorts in the Drakensberg.

Lwan’s father, Gavin, called him to say his camera had been found. It had been his 2012 Christmas gift from his parents.

Of the more than 500 photos on the memory card, Lwan was the happiest to get a photo he took of a Nando’s advert while on a water polo tour in Harrismith in February last year.

He had a good chuckle as he showed the photo to Beeld, with an advertising sign that reads: “The chicken comes before the egg. (Except in the morning)”.

The rest of Lwan’s photos are mostly nature scenes.

He was part of a group of 13 hikers, including his father and his uncle, Dirk Vetten, when he lost his camera from a torn pants pocket as they walked down the steep peak.

“I ran back up to search for the camera, but could not find it anywhere.”

“This is incredible,” Lwan said when the students handed his camera back to him.

He said it was not the first time his Canon camera has survived a wet incident. In April, also during a hike in the Drakensberg, he dropped in a river.

Naomi, Lwan’s mother, said she got goosebumps when she realised Mostert and Heymans “had gone so far out of their way to get the camera back to its owner”.

She gave money to both of the students as a thank you.

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