Received a call from Alan as his parents were kayaking on the Sauble River just south of Sauble Falls in the South Bruce Peninsula area of Wiarton, Ontario.
Alan had called Bruce at Groundhog Divers in Kitchener to see if a diver was available to assist. Bruce kindly referred them to call me and we made arrangements to meet early Saturday morning.
They were new to kayaking and accidentally flipped over the kayak. Unfortunately a backpack which had many valuable items such as wallet, identification/cards, 2 cells phones, sunglasses and keys had fallen to the bottom in roughly 9’ to 12’ of water.
I brought both scuba gear and my DIVE BLU3 NEMO as the depth wasn’t confirm. I proceeded out to the location with the NEMO as with a 10’ hose hookah system the ease of use as well as only 12’ makes for a simple solution in recovering lost items quickly.
I could not locate the backpack at the location of kayak flip and proceeded down stream a bit as there was a slight current. Approximately 30’ away I found Zhihong’s sunglasses and in another 25’ more found the navy blue pack pack. The small front pouch was open. Underneath was some coins and a small set of keys.
I went to the surface withholding the backpack up with a round of cheers and applause. Proceeded back to the dock. They went threw the backpack and advised the think another set of car keys was still missing.
I went and re-gridded the area for another hour and a bit with no luck!
The Family was so happy and grateful to get their belongings back. Hopefully my adviser to lit the cell phones and car key FOB in rice for 1-2 days helped.
here’s the video of the backpack recovery;
Luckily, they found the other set of keys in the vehicle after opening it up with the found set in backpack!
Saved them more than a few hundred dollars and time in replacing all these items!
Also would like to say a special thank you to a cottage owner Dennis for allowing us on his property as well Glenn B for tagging along as a spotter!
I’m grateful to the couple for the generous donation made to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation as that is what I ask as a REWARD. To pay-it-forward to the charity I snowmobile for going into my 13th year of 23 years! They received a tax receipt!!