Freediver Recovers Engagement Ring Lost in England’s Largest Lake Two Days After Proposal
Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear snorkels and wetsuits.
When one woman lost her engagement ring in Lake Windermere only two days after her proposal, a local freediver was called to help save the day. After a 20-minute search of the water, the diver returned the ring to the happy couple.
The woman — named Rebecca — was sitting on a dock near a hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere when she lost the ring, reports the Independent. When the hotel received word that the ring had been lost, they called local freediver Angus Hosking.
According to the BBC, Hosking, 22, and fellow freediver Declan Turner, 20, have been removing litter from lakes within The Lake District for more than three years. The two refer to themselves as a “community organization,” and go by the name Lake District Diving. As stated on their Instagram and Facebook pages, the pair not only removes litter from the lakes but also frequently helps to find and return lost items from around The Lake District such as phones, jewelry, cameras, etc.
Having developed a good reputation throughout the community, Hosking told the BBC that he is often called to help people “in their time of need,” which is how he came to receive the phone call about the missing ring on Monday.
Hosking received the call during his lunchtime, he said on Instagram. Knowing where Rebecca had lost the ring, Hosking finished his shift and then headed over to the lake to help the couple retrieve their sunken treasure.
“With something as light and small as a ring it’s time-sensitive, but fortunately we had a rough idea of where it was — if it had been in the middle of the lake it wouldn’t have been like a needle in a haystack, but a needle in the world,” Hosking told the BBC. At 10.5 miles long and one mile wide, Lake Windermere is England’s largest lake.
Hosking used an underwater metal detector to retrieve the ring. After a few false alarms, the BBC reports that once he saw the glint underwater, he knew he had found what he was looking for.
“Such lovely people and we’re so glad that we could help them,” Hosking said in an Instagram post. “And what an amazing ring, white gold and diamond!”
The couple was all smiles as Hosking gleefully returned the ring.
But this isn’t the first ring reunion to happen this month. Earlier this week, it was reported that a metal detector hobbyist reunited one man with his wedding ring that had been lost for more than 50 years.