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Toronto drone flyer recovers lost camera thanks to Bunz Trading

Bryan Cacciatore's new camera fell 90 metres into an east side park, but the popular Facebook bartering group helped him find it.

Bryan Cacciatore poses in Riverdale Park East with his flying drone.

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Bryan Cacciatore poses in Riverdale Park East with his flying drone.

Bryan Cacciatore spent hours searching the ground for his new 360-degree camera, which had wrestled loose from his drone, falling 90-metres into a muddy stretch of Riverdale Park East.

The licensed drone pilot had mounted the new camera last Wednesday for an early morning trial flight over the empty park. 

About three minutes after liftoff, the drone broadcast an image to his remote control showing the new camera had disappeared. Uh-oh.

After hours retracing the drone's flight path in vain, Cacciatore posted to Bunz Trading Zone, the popular Facebook bartering group, offering a reward for anyone who could find the camera.

The last image Cacciatore’s camera took before it fell from the drone.

Courtesy Bryan Cacciatore.

The last image Cacciatore’s camera took before it fell from the drone.

Less than thirty minutes later – while he was still scouring the park with a shovel – he received an alert that Kirsten Wasowicz knew a little girl who had found the camera earlier that afternoon.

"We exchanged messages and she said she didn't want anything in exchange," Cacciatore said. 

Wasowicz came to his office the next morning with the camera. He gave her a bottle of wine and some toys for the little girl to say thank you.

"I tried it out and it still works," Cacciatore said. "A couple nicks at the top of the lens but virtually no damage after falling 90 metres."

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