How a GoPro camera lost in Folsom Lake was reunited with its owner

A GoPro camera lost a month ago has been recovered from the receding waters of Folsom Lake and reunited with its Concord owner.

Jeff Dumm of Rocklin found the camera Saturday while on a morning hike with co-workers at Folsom Lake near Granite Bay. Once he got it home, he found out why it was at the shoreline mostly covered by sand.

Video on the camera shows two people on a jet ski beginning to tow a friend on a wakeboard, only the wakeboarder falls off. When the jet ski goes forward, the camera and cameraman go sailing into the water.

The video shows the waterproof GoPro Hero3 sinking with its lens facing down before hitting the bottom of the lake with a thud.

“It’s a really cool shot,” said Dumm.

Dumm posted some of the video on his Facebook page and social media took over from there. As of Monday, the video had 115,000 views and 600 shares.

More than one person tried to claim the camera. However, Dumm ruled them out, at times because they did not have specific tattoos seen in the video on the camera owner.

However, once he heard from John Alcantara of Concord on Monday morning, he knew he had a match. Not only did Alcantara have the distinct arm tattoo, but his picture matched the person on the video.

“I never thought I would see my GoPro again,” said Alcantara, who lost it a month ago at the lake during the ill-fated attempt to pull the wakeboarder.

Alcantara, who plans a trip Monday or Tuesday to reclaim the camera, was most concerned about losing the pictures of the multiday camping trip.

“He saved my memories,” said Alcantara.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews