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Scuba diver finds camera with family's vacation photos in the ocean

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SIESTA KEY, Fla. (WFTS via CNN) — On a sunny Florida day, a man lost his GoPro near Turtle Beach on Siesta Key. Now, a good Samaritan is working to get it back to its rightful owner.

Jennifer Herr said she was doing a dive navigation class when she saw something covered in barnacles on the ocean floor.

“I came across what looked like a waist belt for scuba diving. I picked it up and well, it was a GoPro,” Herr said.

It was in 20 feet of water. Herr said she thought it was broken.

“It’s completely covered in barnacles. I had to soak it in vinegar overnight, and I chip at it to get the barnacles off because I could not get the case open, but I finally got it open,” Herr said. “It works just fine.”

Herr said she downloaded the photos and videos, posting one photo to Facebook in hopes of finding the man who lost it. So far, no luck.

“It’s a family; they have a little kid. There are family pictures at the beach and snorkeling. I’ve lost stuff scuba diving. You're just so mad that you lost something; I thought it would be good to give back to somebody.”

Herr found the GoPro after Hurricane Irma battered Florida’s west coast. She found it off Turtle Beach, but she doesn’t know where it came from or how long it might have been underwater.

Herr hopes the owner sees this report or someone recognizes the family in the photo.

“Hopefully we can find them,” Herr said. “It’s just a good thing to do.”