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He found and returned a ring lost 60 years earlier! - video

Hiring a diver to find valuable items or items that are of great sentimental value to us is nothing new and is quite common. It is also not uncommon for an item found by accident to be returned to its owner by an honest diver. However, we have yet to come across such a story,
Published: July 2, 2019 - 16:08
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:22
He found and returned a ring lost 60 years earlier! – video

Hiring a diver to find valuable items or items that are of great sentimental value to us is nothing new and is quite common. It is also not uncommon for an item found by accident to be returned to its owner by an honest diver. However, we have yet to come across such a story, where an item lost 60 years earlier is returned to its original owner!

Luke Berube, 29, from Orleans, Massachusetts, was diving in a pond with a metal detector, which he often uses during his dives in inland waters. Thanks to the detector, he has more than once returned with interesting loot, and this time it was the same.

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In the muddy bottom, Luke found a commemorative ring of 10-carat gold. In the US, these are worn by graduates to commemorate graduation from high school or college. This particular piece had an engraving with the initials WJW and the Gate of Heaven High School crest.

Now it was time to dry out the equipment and start looking for the owner. Scouring the internet, Luke Barube found out that the school was located in South Boston, but no longer exists. Fortunately, someone had set up a Facebook group of former students…

ring

Taking the most logical route, Luke decided to post the news of his find. As a result, he was contacted by ni, Christine Wadel, who told him that her 77-year-old father William Joseph Wadel had given the ring to his girlfriend, who later lost it. The diver met with the woman to return the property to her father, who now lives in Virginia. The man found out about everything over the phone and couldn’t believe the whole story.

[blockquote style=”2″]”Since I started detector diving 4 years ago, I have already found about 100 rings and wedding rings. They usually don’t have an anchor point to find the owner, so they end up at a jeweller’s. It’s unusual and very exciting to be able to return someone’s property after so many years.” – said Barube[/blockquote].

Source: boston.cbslocal.com

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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