Early in June, I had been on my way to assist with a ring recovery when the owner found the ring herself and called to let me know. I had the day off and was planning my afternoon when checking my email I received this request to assist in another ring recovery.
“I don’t know if you would be able to help us but my fiance lost her engagement ring while kayaking on a local river. We know exactly where it was lost and it was in fast water but not too deep, maybe 3 or 4 feet.”
I contacted them and we arranged to meet and survey the area. The only way we could reach the spot was by a short canoe trip and so we decided to give it a try. The couple rented a canoe and off we went to search for the spot, some things looked familiar but locating the exact spot was not so easy and so we searched around one area for about an hour with no luck. We were all pretty concerned and the bride was walking up river when noted she thought another area looked more like where she had lost her ring.
I asked her where she thought she had tipped and she spread her arms pointing out an area mid stream and said “right in there”. I walked out into the river as she directed and she told me to go out a bit farther and I began my search. After twenty minutes of searching we were all beginning to lose confidence again when I received a good strong signal and circled around it downstream to push whatever it was into my recovery scoop. The young bride had picked the correct location for the search and I was pleased to find their ring in my first scoop.
When the couple saw me smiling mid-river they could not believe that I had found their ring and they ran into the river laughing and crying tears of joy to confirm I had actually found it!
None of us had been expecting to canoe that day but we were blessed with a great afternoon to search and a lot of luck and we were hopeful we could recover the ring and in the end we were all glad we did it!