A MOTORBIKE-LOVING resident of Vélez-Málaga has managed to return a lost camera to a pair of bikers from New Zealand by publicising his find over social media sites.
Speaking to Spanish news agency Efe, José Chica explained how a street cleaner in his employ handed him the camera, which had been found lying by the kerb of the N-340 road.
He said: “The camera was completely covered in dirt and I had to reassemble it somewhat, but once I got home I managed to extract the camera’s memory card.
“I put the card into my computer and found loads of photos of a biker couple on a trip through either Central or South America or Spain.”
Chica decided to post a message on his Facebook page in an attempt to find the couple. He added: “I wanted to return the memory card to them for the sentimental value the photographs could have held.”
Motorbike association and clubs both within Spain and abroad took to enthusiastically sharing the message, and Chica even decided to extend the search to Twitter.
Earlier this week, a Facebook user contacted Chica to say that the couple had been found.
The couple were named as Oliver and Julie Pflug, New Zealanders currently living in Spain.
Chica was able to speak to the camera’s owners, and they have arranged to meet up soon in Vélez-Málaga, where the camera and its precious memory card will be returned its rightful owners.
Chica added: “It’s been incredible how people have reacted, and how we managed to find the camera’s owners in only two days.”
Chica has said he is anxious to finally meet the couple, give them their camera, and get to know the whole story behind how they lost it.