A scuba diver hunting for treasure in Tennessee who discovered a GoPro camera while on one of his trips found it contained the touching final moments of a man who drowned two years ago.
Rich Aloha, who is also an avid Youtube vlogger, found the missing camera of 22-year-old Richard Ragland, who died while diving in the Forest Falls Recreation Area in Tennessee in 2017, WSB-TV reported.
The self-described treasure hunter said he was amazed at the finding, given that everything on the camera was pretty much intact when he found it.
“I strongly believe that God led me to this GoPro because the only thing I saw was the end tip of the thumbscrew and everything else was just covered in muck,” he told the station. “I was going through the footage and I said, ‘Oh my God, this is the guy.’”
Aloha then tracked down Ragland’s relatives in Sandy Springs, Georgia, to deliver the priceless footage to them.
When Ragland’s grieving mother Robin McCrear saw the footage, she said it was an “out-of-body experience” to see her son one last time, describing him as “full of love, full of energy.”
The family said they were thankful for Aloha’s generosity in sharing the footage with them.
“For him to go through his efforts to do his research, make numerous phone calls, he didn’t give up until he got in touch with us and that means the world to us,” McCrear said.
Aloha wrote on his Facebook page that “his heart breaks” for Ragland’s family and friends, adding that he was happy that God used him as a “vessel” for good to return the camera to the family.