Good Samaritan Creates Viral Video to Find GoPro Owner

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FOLSOM -- A GoPro camera found at the bottom of Folsom Lake is being reunited with its owner after a good Samaritan created a viral video.

On a sandy beach at Folsom Lake, Jeff Dumm of Rocklin said he stumbled upon a plastic object sticking out of the sand.

"It had to have been right in this area," he said. "Just really thought it was a sand toy or something."

It was during a hike Saturday morning, with his wife and friends near the Granite Bay boat ramp. He picked it up, scratched off the sand, and noticed it was a GoPro -- a $300 HD camera in a water proof case.

"I took it out, and it was brand new," Dumm said. "So we kind of decided then that we should look in the memory card and try to contact the guy."

He took his search to Facebook, uploaded a clip of the video and asked his friends to share it with the hope of finding the owner.

By Sunday night, the video went viral. The story caught the attention of many Facebook users, and after more than 100,000 views, a miracle happened.

"With that many people helping, it actually extended really far out to one of his friends, and he got tagged in it, and we found him," Dumm said.

Early Monday morning, John Alcantara of Concord was tagged in a Facebook video.

"What is this?! Someone found my GoPro. Holy Moly!" Alcantara said.

Alcantara contacted Dumm immediately.

"All his pictures matched up and everything. All the experiences he shared. So I gave him a call and he was kind of... speechless," Dumm said.

It turned out, Alcantara was at Folsom Lake for a work retreat last month. They were having fun on jet skis, until the moment he let go of his GoPro.

"I thought I was never going to see it again. Like, I thought that I was going to wait for a drought to happen, and I was going to go drive by, and get it," Alcantara laughed.

But he didn't have to wait for another drought to hit California.

Instead, he was lucky enough that a man with a big heart helped him find memories he thought he had lost forever.

"A long time ago, two good people, my parents, kind of taught me that something that's not yours, you can't really keep it," Dumm said.

"With all the things happening in the world, it's nice to see good stories float around in the news. I realize that humanity still exists. There are a lot of good people out there," Alcantara said.

The two are meeting Tuesday to exchange the GoPro, and Alcantara plans to record and make a video about this whole ordeal.