A group of scuba diving heroes came to the rescue and rejoined a thankful woman with her long-lost antique wedding ring after it slipped off her finger and fell into a river.
Emma Lyon was watching a sporting event from the banks of the River Great Ouse last Saturday when the 100-year-old Jewelry flew into the nearby water.
The gold wedding band was passed down from her grandma. When Emma noticed it flew off her finger into the water, she was crushed, giving it immediately vanished from sight. Not wasting any time she reached out to Bedford Scuba Divers the very next day after a friend recommended them to her suggesting they might be able to help her find it. After getting in contact with them, she couldn’t believe just how fast they sprung into action to answer her request.
This is great news since with rivers in general things can be pushed around, buried, or lost forever. Especially given that the item was such a small ring, the current could have pushed it far away. Additionally, rivers can sometimes flood with lots of rainfall, causing the water to overflow out of the river pushing water all over the place. And that would just dramatically lower the chances of it being found at that point.
However, by Monday night, a group of divers luckily found the ring and returned it back to Emma. She repaid the team by taking the lot out for drinks at a local pub as a thank you, saying: “The divers were absolutely amazing! My grandmother died in 2000, aged 100. She worked at a corn merchant on Caldwell Street and would sometimes get up early and take the family’s punt out on the river before work,” She continued. “I did think that if we couldn’t find the ring, it had ended up in a fitting resting place. I am just so, so grateful to everyone from the scuba club who gave up their evening to help out and cannot believe they were able to find it. It was a total miracle.”
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Thanks to the team of divers who helped save the day for Emma, and glad she was able to retrieve such a valuable piece back. Even more so when you consider rivers have currents that can be really strong in some places, and how under the water there can be rocks or crevices that form or give way to the strength of the current where the ring could have ended up. Additionally, the river has to end somewhere, and the end (usually called a mouth) typically leads to the sea, large lakes, or oceans.
When we consider all the facts, and with the variable of a small object like a ring, the find was pretty lucky it seems. This is also only considering the land, the ring could have also been lost due to an animal somewhere along the way picking it up, or if there were certain fish around such as a barracuda – it could have mistaken it for a meal and swallowed the ring.