WATCH: GoPro found after a year at sea, quest to find owner

2016-03-18 13:06
Curtis Rudling (Supplied to News24)

Curtis Rudling (Supplied to News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - A lost and long-forgotten GoPro camera, which rolled around in the silt and surf on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast for over a year, has finally been found.

With its pictures and video revealing the last moments of revelry before it was lost to the waves, Bazely’s Curtis Rudling is on a quest to reunite the camera with its owner.   

“I know what it’s like to lose a GoPro and it’s horrible. It is not so much losing the camera but it’s the footage that you want back so desperately, that is why I am trying to find out who this one belongs to,” he said.

Rudling, on a gap year in the coastal hamlet, said he found the GoPro while on the beach.

“I saw it and picked it up. You can see from what it looks like that it had been in the sea for a long time,” he said.

Rudling said that he was able to extract the rugged camera from its case and view the footage.

“When I looked at the videos I saw the last clip it had taken before it got lost. It shows a bunch of guys with beers at a caravan park walking down to the beach and then getting into the water. The guy holding the camera got hit by a wave and lost his grip. Then the camera just rolled around underwater for another half an hour,” he said.

“I recognised the place where they were and went to the caravan park. The owner seemed to remember the guys but said they were here over a year ago. There was a number on the camera but it was an old one. I spoke to the guy and he had already sold the camera on and it had changed hands a couple of times,” he said.

“I just really want to find the owner so I can give it back to him,” he said.

Do you know the men in the video?

Contact Jeff Wicks on 082 073 8565 or

(Supplied to News24)

(Supplied to News24)

Read more on:    durban

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.