Man miraculously retrieves lost engagement ring from the bottom of Lake Erie after having 'a feeling about a particular spot’
22:49 GMT, 17 July 2012
A young woman who dropped her engagement ring in Lake Erie thought it had found its final resting place.
The one carat Princess cut diamond slipped off 27-year-old Samantha Peckens' finger last week while she played a game of football in the lake with her fiance Adam Frost.
After two strenuous days of searching, the couple, who have been together for 15 years, since Miss Peckens was age 12, were about to give up when her own 'hero' came to the rescue.
Ring scare: Samantha Peckens has been with her fiance Adam Frost for 15 years, since Miss Peckens was age 12
She told WGRZ 2 in Buffalo, New York: 'Just losing that ring off my finger I felt, you know, not complete.'
She continued: 'I screamed “my ring fell off!” to everybody, and everyone instantly started looking. Adam's telling me to calm down, saying no one got hurt, as I'm sobbing.
'We went through so much together as kids and growing up together and it was everything to me. It never came off my finger. And when it did, especially in the water, it just broke my heart. Absolutely broke my heart.'
Treasure hunt: 30 people searched for the ring, but it wasn't until their friend volunteered his underwater metal detector that they found the diamond
Emotional wreckage: The 27-year-old screamed 'my ring fell off!' and instantly 30 people started looking for the diamond
The pair had 30 people searching for the
ring, but it wasn't until their friend, Drew Supon, volunteered his
underwater metal detector that they found the diamond.
After three days of searching, Mr Supon produced Miss Pecken's ring from beneath five inches of heavy sand and about four feet of water.
He said he had a feeling about one particular spot, and didn't think twice before quickly taking action.
He said: 'I just decided to slide my
hand into the sand and raise it up. What I thought was another Pepsi
pull tab was Sam's ring in my hand!'
X marks the spot: After three days of searching, Mr Supon (right) produced Miss Pecken's (left) ring from beneath sand and about four feet of water
Miss Peckens says every time she looks down now and sees the ring on her finger, she knows it's fate.
'If you lose it and it comes back it's meant to be. I feel like it's good fortune for the rest of our relationship,' she said.
'I keep on saying he [Mr Supon] my hero,' gushed Miss Peckens.