American shoots to fame after lost camera found in Taitung


TAIPEI–An American woman who lost her camera in Hawaii nearly six years ago has become an instant celebrity since the camera was found on beach in Taiwan last month.

The Canon PowerShot camera, which Lindsay Scallan lost during a scuba diving trip in Hawaii in 2007, was found on a Taitung beach in February by a Taiwanese employee of Taiwan’s flagship carrier China Airlines.

“An employee of China Airlines found my camera, found the pictures still on the memory card and got in touch with Hawaiian officials to see if they could help find who the owner was — the mystery blond woman, as they called it,” Scallan said on a CBS Atlanta news show.

With the recovery of the camera, “I went from normal and boring to a news crew sitting in my living room,” she said.

Scallan, who is from the U.S. state of Georgia, said she had taken a lot of pictures during the 2007 trip and was on a night dive when she lost the camera but went on with her life and forgot about it.

“It was towards the end of the trip and my pictures were on there and it was my first experience there, so I was pretty upset about it. But what are you going to do?” she said on the news program.

After the camera was found, the story was posted on the website of a Hawaiian TV station and one of Scallan’s former classmates saw it.

“I get this random message on Facebook from a guy I went to high school with, saying his wife found an article and he thought it was about me and my camera,” Scallan said. “It was social media at its best.”

It was confirmed earlier this week that it was indeed Scallan’s camera. Since then, China Airlines has offered to pay the cost of returning the camera to Scallan — in a fine style.

“China Airlines has offered to pay for me to go out there and my room, board and my food and everything,” she told reporters. “An all expenses paid trip to come out there (to Taiwan) and get my camera back and meet the guy that found it. It’s been a wild ride.”