Keith and his wife Julie had been visiting their daughter when during a light hearted bit of volleyball Julie had spiked the ball only to feel her wedding ring shoot straight up in the air but did not see where it had come down again.
When I arrived I could see that the entire volleyball court had been methodically hand raked by the whole family for several hours but alas they had not found the missing ring.
I asked Julie to stand where she thought she had been at the time of the loss and demonstrate the spike she had done when she felt her wedding ring shoot off. It was pretty much a vertical movement so I began my search along the edge of the net on her side of the volleyball court.
The first signal I got I knew was not her ring but it had all the signs of being an aussie $2 coin which it was but the second signal had a distinct double tone which many shallow rings will give and sure enough there it was Julie’s fabulous wedding ring! Well the family couldn’t believe I’d been able to find it in under a minute when they’d all spent several hours looking for it on hands and knees!
After a few smile photos and a bit of back slapping I returned to my car and set off home. As I drove out the gate my phone rang so I pulled over and took a call from a fellow ringfinder on the side of the road. As I was speaking to him about an unsuccessful underwater search for a diamond earing lost during a night dive (who goes night diving wearing expensive diamond earings) I said hang on.. I got out of the car and ran up the road towards the smoke I had just noticed about 150 meters ahead at the intersection of the road I was on and sure enough it was a fresh bushfire starting on the side of the road. We’d had a 42 degrees celsius day only four days back and Perth has had a total fire ban in place for a long while now.
I ran back to the car and screamed up the road to it to find the flames were already 3-4 meters high. I tried stopping two cars as they drove by it but they just keep going.. you can probably imagine what I yelled after them!! The next car did stop and all he had was a spade so I said call the fire dept while I get some water back down the road. I managed to get a full size fire extinguisher from one of the residents where I’d just rescued the ring and raced back to the fire and in my best firefighting shorts and thongs managed to put out about 90% of the fire. I raced back to where I’d gotten the extinguisher from expecting another one to be ready for me as there were many units there but was told “sorry but we can’t give you another due to the property policies!!!!” I didn’t wait around to argue but obviously I was astonished.
I returned to the fire and noted the police had already arrived. One of the officers was standing 3 meters from the fire with a small fire extinguisher just staring at the fire which had by now grown again and as I approached him I said “are you going to use that?”. He replied “do you know how to?” I didn’t answer of course, I simply grabbed it from him, pulled the lock pin and put out 99% of the fire before the bottle was empty. Luckily as I got back onto the road the local bush fire truck arrived and soon wet the area down to prevent re ignition… pheww.
This situation was so so close to becoming a major bush fire requiring helicopters etc.
All in a days work eh. Ring Rescues to the rescue!!