A 71-year-old woman is smiling from ear to ear after finding her beloved wedding ring – days after she ‘hit’ her finger in the sea at Caswell Bay in the Gower.
Sheila Curds of Penllergaer was enjoying an afternoon in the sun with her 51-year-old husband John when she decided to go diving in the sea on Thursday, September 16.
Sadly, the fierce waves took Sheila by surprise – and her gold ring quickly fell off her finger and fell into the sea.
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Despite her best efforts to search for the sand, Sheila couldn’t find her ring and left the beach distraught, believing her beautiful ring was lost for good.
But thanks to the hard work and patience of two kind-hearted strangers with metal detectors, Sheila has now found her ring.
She told Wales Online: “Last Thursday was a beautiful day and we went to Caswell, my husband and I, and I went to the sea.
“My ring is never loose and it never leaves me, but there were waves so fierce – a wave knocked me over and my ring fell off my finger. I was so upset!”
Devastated that she lost her ring, Sheila left her contact details with the lifeguard and quickly searched online for a local group of metal detectors.
Secretary of the Heritage Metal Detecting Club Swansea, Dave Hughes immediately offered the services of the Club and appealed to members to help search for Sheila’s ring.
Eager to help however they could, Members Tony and Roy made arrangements to meet Sheila at Caswell Bay on Sunday September 19th and searched the bay.
“It took them a good couple of hours,” Sheila said. “They were scanning and searching the beach, they wanted to know where we had been [on the beach] so that they can look at the correct area.
“It had been over two hours, they were about to give up and Tony yelled, ‘We found him!’ I still can’t believe it, I am very grateful. I want to thank Roy, Tony and Dave [the Club secretary] for their help. “
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Tony and Roy have been members of the Metal Detection Club for several years and are delighted to have been able to reunite Sheila with her alliance.
Tony, 58, said: “Funny thing, as metal detectors we seem to have a bad reputation as thieves – but all metal detector clubs have a free jewelry recovery service.
“Sheila contacted the group for help, she had had the ring for 51 years and was very, very upset that she had lost it. She didn’t think she had a chance to get it back.
“We started halfway on the beach [where Sheila had been sitting before going in the sea] and moved in a grid system, me going up and down and Roy going side to side.
“After about two hours we were about to give up, but I heard this signal.
“It was a big gold ring, it had sunk directly through the soft sand and was about three or four inches in the sand.”
Her fellow detector Roy added: “It was absolutely amazing to find her with the ring, she burst into tears!
“It was nice to find him for her and help her. We were starting to lose hope, we had walked around the area she had been to and we had looked at a photo of where she had been sitting as a reference port. It was absolutely brilliant [to find it]. “
While many metal detectors search and scan beaches and parks for anything they can find, Tony says it can really help detectors stay motivated if they have a specific thing or someone to look for. ‘one to help.
“I’ve always liked finding things,” he said. “And I like going to the beaches, just being there and watching the waves, but that can definitely help. [stay motivated] have a target, something specific to look for. “
For more information on the Heritage Metal Detection Club Swansea, visit the Club website
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