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Fisherman finds GoPro that’s been in lake for 3 years, watches footage, returns it to owner

PICKWICK LAKE, Ala. -- A Facebook post has helped set a GoPro on the way back to the man who lost it in 2014.

Corey Glenn was fishing on Pickwick Lake in Alabama over the weekend and reeled in an unexpected catch -- a GoPro Hero 3.

Glenn took the camera home, and cleaned and recharged the device. He thought there was no way it would still work -- until it turned on and the footage began downloading to the computer.

The footage was dated Feb. 28, 2014, meaning the device had been on the bottom of the lake for three years, two months and 21 days.

The footage shows a fisherman on his boat just seconds before the camera flops off and into the water.

As the GoPro sinks, a smartphone float can be seen by the camera and into the watery abyss. The last image seen is the camera hitting the sediment on the bottom of the lake.

Glenn posted the footage and photos on Facebook hoping to reunite the camera with its owner.

Glenn told WHNT the rightful owner contacted him through Facebook and confirmed the story.

The owner said the GoPro was a Christmas gift from his parents, and this was the first time he'd used it since it was gifted to him.

Glenn said the GoPro has been packaged and is ready to be shipped to its owner.

After being shared on Facebook for more than 24 hours, GoPro saw the post, shared it and responded.