Superior gives up lost GoPro


SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – What has spent time in Nebraska, New York, Quebec and now the bottom of Lake Superior?

A GoPro.

The GoPro in question was lost in August and returned in October to a very grateful owner all because of social media. She had taken it out on the surfboard about 10 minutes south of Hibbard Bay and it got loose.

“Pretty sure it was gone forever,” said Marissa Ditoro, the GoPro owner.

Ditoro is an international student from Nebraska who calls Sault Ste. Marie home. Her parents live in Guelph and the camera has been everywhere with her.

“It’s gone back to Omaha, Nebraska. I brought it back when I went to visit my family. It’s been to Guelph, Milton, Quebec, New York to go skiing,” said Ditoro.

Gerry Kaiser of Essex County found the GoPro only a little worse for wear on the shoreline of Lake Superior.

He and a few friends were on their way back to Sault Ste. Marie for supplies after being washed out of a photography trip.

They figured they would stop and pick up some Lake Glass and take pictures of the bay.

“I saw the camera and I’m like, whoa! So I picked it up and it was a GoPro so I knew that probably still had all the information on it,” said Kaiser. “So we took the microSD card out popped it in a laptop. And then we saw these pictures, mostly videos of the girl surfing.”

It took him a week or so after getting home to start looking for the girl on the camera. He posted on Facebook with a request for anyone who knew the girl to get in contact.

It was shared over 600 times and within hours he was put in touch with Marrisa. It’s now back safely with her in Sault Ste. Marie. She had one message for Kaiser.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I don’t know how you found it.”