A couple from New Zealand are finally getting some good news a year and a half after an earthquake shattered their world. Newlyweds Fen Jeremias and Martin Burley had just returned from their honeymoon in February 2011 when a massive 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit their home in Christchurch.
The quake forced the couple to flee their badly damaged home, and in the process, Burley dropped their camera somewhere outside and couldn't recover it at the time. The camera contained images from their honeymoon and wedding, which they assumed were lost forever. In fact, the couple say they felt "gutted" when they lost the camera.
Everything changed last week when the pair returned to the rubble that was once their home and noticed something poking out of the mud. It was the camera they had lost. Even though the camera itself was beyond repair, the memory card inside was still intact. After many hours of tedious dirt removal, the 2.5 gigabytes' worth of pictures on the card were saved and transferred to a computer.
The couple believe the recent bad weather in the area where their home once stood is to thank for turning up their lost camera. After being reunited with the camera, Burley said, "I really didn't expect to find it there at all. Everyone's pretty amazed."
The happy ending for this couple rebuilding their lives after a tragedy does not end there. After reading their story and recognizing the type of memory card used in their camera, marketing manager Jonathan Williams, whose company distributes those memory cards, gave the couple a new camera, a new memory card, and a hard drive for backing up their photographs.