For a married couple, there’s nothing more priceless than wedding photos and videos, which capture the magical moments of their special day.
But when one couple’s wedding video sank into the sea, they never thought they’d see it again—until a stranger came to the rescue.
Jeffrey Heim, from Tampa, Florida, was diving near Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida, searching the rocks for shark teeth. But deep within the rocks, he found something else: a GoPro camera.
“[The camera] was about 12 feet deep and it was between some rocks,” Heim told WFTS. “I try to get in between rocks to get to spots that nobody else can get to.”
But he didn’t just find someone’s camera—he found their irreplaceable memories.
The camera contained some wedding footage from a very unique perspective: “One video is at a wedding where they strapped the GoPro to the top of the dog and he’s running around meeting everybody at the wedding,” Heim said.
Also on the memory card was a photo of the couple on vacation. He hoped to use the photo to find the couple and reunite them with their precious photos.
“I just wanted to find the owner,” Heim said. “I’ve lost three GoPros myself, two in Georgia, one in the Keys. I know how it feels.”
He posted the vacation photo, and a pic of the ocean-worn camera, to Twitter, where word spread quickly. It’s received nearly 7,000 retweets, even being shared by the official GoPro Twitter account.
And the plan worked: word got around to the rightful owners.
The GoPro belonged to Tim and Angel Wilson, from Gainesville, who lost the camera while vacationing in Venice shortly after their wedding. While the newlyweds were paddle-boarding, the camera sank into the murky waters, irretrievable.
“I was like, ‘Awww. There it goes,'” Angel Wilson told WFLA.
Heim was relieved he was able to track down the couple and return their camera. Even more incredible, the timing was nearly perfect: the couple will soon celebrate their first wedding anniversary, and will finally have their footage.
“I am so excited, they seem like really nice people,” Heim said.
The couple was excited that a stranger would do the right thing and find them.
“You know, you’ve just got to give people the benefit of the doubt,” Tim Wilson said. Because there’s a lot of good people out there, and this is one.”