A camera which was accidentally lost in the North Sea has been reunited with its owner - after THREE YEARS adrift.
The Fuji camera was stored in a waterproof case when environmental consultant Adele Devonshire became separated from it in July 2013.
And now, thanks to a social media campaign, it’s been returned to her after it was washed ashore 531 miles away from where it went missing - in Sweden.
The camera was found on the sparsely-populated island of Gullholmen by Lars Mossberg, one of its 100 inhabitants.
He then posted images of the camera and from its memory card on a Facebook group called Lost At Sea on Friday.
"We have found a Fujicamera in a waterproof case. It has probably been floated from the English east coast to the Swedish west coast," Mr Mossberg wrote by way of explanation.
"The photos include family members and diving sites from different places around the word. The photo below is probably the owner. Please share if somebody recognise him [sic]."
Within a day, Ms Devonshire responded on the page, which has around 2,646 members.
"I’m pretty sure that’s my camera," she wrote on Saturday. "I lost it when diving off St Abbs over two years ago! The photos are my dad diving and my husband picking strawberries."
The 37-year-old says her friend Jo let her know about Mr Mossberg’s find, explaining: "I still can’t believe it! To think it’s [been] bobbing around the sea all this time."
The mum-of-two from Colchester added that she had it when she went diving in July 2013 off St Abbs - and then realised it had gone: "After [the] dive I realised the camera was no longer attached to my kit. Guess the clip had snapped."
She says she’s delighted to be able to get the camera back after the post was shared more than 2,966 times as it has some treasured photographs on it.
One poster on Facebook wrote: "Amazing find!" while another added: "Wow, sometimes you gotta say just wow! Wow it’s been found and how amazing the right people happened to see this post."