DURANGO, Colo. (KDVR) — Imagine finding buried treasure at the bottom of a lake. It might sound farfetched but it is exactly what happened to a couple from Colorado. Now social media is helping them return it.
A road trip across the country was always on Dan Burkovskiy’s bucket list. In July 2014 he got the chance to go cross country with his three best friends. He wanted to capture all of the memories on a GoPro camera. As big of an adventure Burkovskiy was on, his camera was about to top it.
“We kayaked around Lake Powell,” he explained, “and my friend decided to be funny and flip the kayaks over just to take that one last dip.
The camera fell out and sunk about 40 feet down.
“I was really bummed out because I saved pictures from up until Chicago and then after that everything was gone,” says Burkovskiy.
It was a buried treasure waiting to be found.
“We just like to be under water and diving,” explains Allisa Oliger, who was on a diving vacation at Lake Powell with her husband on New Year’s Day. “You kind of hope to find something but usually it’s like a golf ball or a broken fishing pole or something.”
This year’s haul was a lot more interesting. Her husband, Mark, found Burkovskiy’s lost GoPro. It had hundreds of photos and several minutes worth of video on the memory card.
“We sort of felt like we were on their adventure with them,” Oliger explains, “I thought, I have got to find this guy.”
She used context clues from the video to find him online.
“I went on YouTube and in the search box I typed in ‘2014 cross country road trip’. When I typed in ‘Sioux Falls’ his was the first video that popped up and I recognized his face immediately,” she says.
Burkovskiy’s name was on his YouTube channel, so Oliger searched for him on Facebook and told him about his found camera.
“I’m just so glad they put their time and effort into finding me,” Burkovskiy says, “There’s still hope for humanity.”