Paul began telling what had happened to him two years earlier, in 2012. It was a beautiful summer evening on July 20th, 2012, when Paul was planning to sail to his summer house in Tahsis, British Columbia. Everything was sailing smoothly until, unpredictably, the weather began to change.
The waters became wild, and his boat was thrown against some rocks. He tried to hold on to everything he had on the boat, especially his precious camera, however, the winds and the waves were stronger than him. The camera was swept by the strong storm and thrown brutely into the deep sea.
The Mystery Man
The man in the photos was named Paul Burgoyne. In 2012, he lost his boat, which sank into the deep waters. Paul tried to save the camera that was on the boat but with no luck. The Navy man managed to track down Paul Burgoyne's phone number. He was enthusiastic to tell him that the camera was found. The Navy man was eager to find him.
Siobhan and Isabelle were relieved that their hard work had borne some fruit, however, was this really the end of the mystery? Was Paul going to be found? Was the camera going to be returned to its home? The story apparently had more to come.
A Life Changer
May 21, 2014, was the morning that everything changed for Siobhan, and nothing would ever be the same. Her phone rang, and on the other side was Paul Burgoyne. At first, Paul sounded thrilled that his camera was found. His wife, too, couldn't believe that after so long, it was finally returned to them.
He went on and thanked her and couldn't be more grateful than she was. Then, Siobhan felt something different. She could hear how Paul's voice changed and that there was more to this story than just a lost camera. Then Paul started to share with Siobhan his horrific story.
No One Could Rescue Him
Paul himself was mercilessly swept into the water, too. His body was crushed. He found himself captured in the ice-cold water, unable to get out and reach help. He developed hypothermia, which took a long time to recover from. For more than six hours, Paul was trapped in the ocean's vicious water, waiting for someone to rescue him.
Some patrons who were staying in a nearby hotel spotted him from afar. They called the Coast Guard, who finally received him and brought him to the safe shores. Paule was grateful for being saved, however, he was heartbroken for all the possessions he had lost.
He Recognised Him
On that morning, when the navy man contacted him, he couldn't believe what he was hearing. He asked the man on the other side of the line if he was sure it was his camera they had found. The Navy man obviously recognized his photo, as he was one of the men who rescued him two years earlier.
Paul couldn't believe what he was hearing, and finding the lost camera was something he never thought could happen. The precious moments were not just random family moments. They were of a very sacred time, and Paul knew he could never retake and document them again.