2010-10-09 / People

Camera Rescued, Memories Saved

Craig Skutt and Dorothy Campbell with the camera that Mr. Skutt rescued. Craig Skutt and Dorothy Campbell with the camera that Mr. Skutt rescued. When the engines were shut down on the LaSalle, a Star Line ferry, offshore of Devil's Kitchen on Mackinac Island Wednesday, September 22, the unexpected stop allowed time to save a camera that had fallen from the boat's upper deck and landed on the vessel's narrow catwalk. The camera belonged to Dorothy and Jim Campbell of Gun Barrel City, Texas.

The camera, say the couple, could have been replaced, but not the photographs. Traveling on their honeymoon, Mr. Campbell said the tiny silver digital device contained all of their photographs since they had left Texas, including those taken earlier in the day of their first visit to Mackinac Island.

The camera just slipped from Mrs. Campbell's hands as the LaSalle sailed past the West Bluff cottages and neared Devil's Kitchen.

“It was just sitting on the rim and I kept thinking it's going to blow over any minute,” said Mrs. Campbell. “Since it kept sitting there, I thought I'd try to get somebody to rescue it. I don't know why it didn't go over. I finally motioned for him [Craig] to come over. He looked down and he stopped the ship, put on his lifejacket, and went and saved my camera. It was too good to be true.”

The boat was piloted by Larry Spence and Mike Welch of Star Line assisted Mr. Skutt.

The newlyweds drove from Texas to Michigan. Their next planned stop was the Soo Locks. They planned to visit family in Wisconsin, and then travel on to Wyoming and Montana before heading back to Texas.

They enjoyed their first visit to the Straits and Mackinac Island and were impressed by the area's natural beauty.

“I didn't know we had country like this in America,” said Mrs. Campbell.

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