A GoPro camera has survived being swallowed by a burning torrent of lava – and even managed to capture footage from inside the flow.
The owner of the expensive camera kit, Erik Storm, had placed the GoPro into a crack on a volcano in Hawaii to film the lava flows last year, reports PetaPixel.
“I was telling a story when the molten lava completely engulfed my GoPro (with housing on) and it caught on fire,” Storm told the site. “I used a geology rock hammer to pull it out of the lava and thought it was a total loss”.
After Storm returned home with the now-cooled camera in hand, he noticed the device’s Wi-Fi light still blinking. Miraculously, upon removing the camera’s SD card, Storm found the footage of the camera’s incredibly close call.
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“The camera even still worked although not as well as it did before,” added Storm “Truly amazing it survived!”