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Penny called me to say she had just lost her wedding ring in a lake the day after her wedding, at the wedding venue! She was paddling about in a rubber ring when her new gold band slipped from her sunscreen covered finger down over 4 meters to the bottom of the lake. This was going to be a very difficult job and would require an underwater metal detector and scuba gear!
There was only about 50cm of visibility, so it was completely black under the water, the searching was going to be done blind. Using a rope with one person staying on shore and tugging to keep the diver in a line, a pattern of search arcs were used to try and cover the area completely.
It was hard going with dozens of sunken metal candle holders (for floating candle ceremonies on the lake) setting the detector off constantly. Thick mud, silt and algae enveloped everything at the bottom. It was very easy to get disorientated down there, but with some timely tugs of the attached rope it was back on track. Sadly after an exhausting few hours and one empty scuba tank the ring was nowhere to be found this time, although a second trip is planned. All was not lost though, quite a few other valuable items were brought to the surface including 2 underwater cameras, necklaces, many pairs of sunglasses and even some dog tags. One of the waterproof cameras even still had battery charge!
Hosanna Farmstay said that many people that had lost their items had left their names and phone numbers and that they would be extremely happy to get their items back, thought lost forever! They said we were welcome back anytime to bring up more lost treasures from the depths of the lake.
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