Camera lost in London is reunited with its owners within 24 hours after Facebook appeal tracked the family down… to POLAND

  • Polish family lost their camera in London's Hyde Park on Saturday
  • Found by chef  Veronika Polyakova, who put out an alert on Facebook
  • Less than 24 hours later, she had tracked down owner Magda Szymanek

A Polish family who lost their camera while holidaying in London had a stroke of luck after it was found by a woman who tracked them down on social media within 24 hours.

Magda Szymanek from Krakow, Poland, was sightseeing in London with her partner and two children when she lost her camera while visiting Hyde Park last Saturday.

Shortly afterwards, the camera was found by Veronika Polyakova, who concluded that the owners of the camera were Polish, and put out an alert on her Facebook page.

Lost and found: Magda Szymanek from Krakow, Poland, was sightseeing in London last Saturday when she lost her camera while visiting Hyde Park in the capital

Lost and found: Magda Szymanek from Krakow, Poland, was sightseeing in London last Saturday when she lost her camera while visiting Hyde Park in the capital

Miss Polyakova, originally from the Czech Republic, but now living in London and working as a personal chef, said she found the camera while celebrating her birthday in Hyde Park on Saturday.

'Me and my friends had celebrated my birthday, and as we were leaving I spotted a camera in a case on the grass near Marble Arch.

'I have exactly the same camera at home so I knew how to operate it in order to see pictures. Then I saw family pictures and knew it had to be returned!'

The young chef then did some detective work after spotting a photo of a plane taken at Luton Airport the day before. 

'When I was checking the pictures I noticed a photo of Wizzair aircraft,' Miss Polyakova, who runs Personal Chef London, told MailOnline.

Detective work: The camera was found by London-based personal chef Veronika Polyakova, who put out an alert on her Facebook

After looking through the camera, Miss Polyakova concluded that the family was Polish and urged her Facebook friends to help her track down the family

After looking through the camera, Miss Polyakova concluded that the family was Polish and urged her Facebook friends to help her track down the family

'It wasn’t difficult to find the time the photo had been taken, so I did an internet search of which flight  had arrived by 16:55 on Luton Airport this Friday - Katowice. 

'I travel quite frequently due my work so I’m familiar with all low cost airlines operating in London.'

Miss Polyakova then posted a photo of Ms Szymanek and her family posing by the Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament.

She wrote: 'Dear Friends & especially my #Polish Friends, this family has lost their SONY RX100M2 25.4.2015 in Hyde Park near Marble Arch, London.

'They are probably from #Katowice, #Poland (that was their departure flight - luckily they took a picture of #Wizzair aircraft. 

'Can you please help me to find them & return them this camera full of family pictures?'

Happy ending: Less than 24 hours after Miss Polyakova put out the alert, she had tracked down owner Magda

Happy ending: Less than 24 hours after Miss Polyakova put out the alert, she had tracked down owner Magda

The appeal was quickly shared by over 7,000 people and less than 24-hours later, it had reached Ms Szymanek, who emailed Miss Polyakova.

Miss Polyakova wrote on her timeline: 'wow... Just got an email from the owner! 24h to find a random person through FB.. living even (sic) abroad. How AMAZING is that! powerful FB.'

She then added: 'I have just found that Magda Szymanek (camera owner) have a Bday today.

'I had a Bday on 25th Saturday when I found her camera. Happy bday both of us;) [sic]'

Stunned Ms Szymanek wrote on her Facebook: 'On Saturday we lost a camera in London.

'Today we went back to Krakow and what do I find on Facebook for my birthday? A gift from the world (and Veronika) and faith that people are so cool!'