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.
He Was Thrown in the Sea
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.
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.
There Were His Witness
The photos on the camera that Siobhan found while scrolling through the file were of Paul and his wife scattering Paul's mother's ashes into the deep ocean. For him, these photos were everything. They taught him to be grateful for what you have, and they were a reminder for him always to be thankful. He couldn't forget that he almost lost his life.
They also taught him how to let go. They taught him how to say goodbye to the things he loved. He realized there was no point in being attached to objects and things. That what lies inside is what matters and how important it is to identify the right time to say goodbye.
The ocean is not the only place holding surprising secrets and lost objects — forests and wooded areas can hold them too.
In the modern world, it's easy to surround ourselves with our familiar comforts and technology. This is why it's important to retreat to the mighty woodlands and marvel at the majesty of Mother Nature. From towering trees to splendid waterfalls, forests offer more than just nature. There's improved mental health, a clearer mind, and sometimes random, mysterious, discarded items.
From abandoned trains to derelict cars, these findings are equal parts cryptic, alluring, and, let's not forget, creepy. Here are some of those strange discoveries that will either fascinate you or leave you scratching your head and wondering, "what on earth happened here?" Either way, they're all worth scrolling through.