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RING RETURNED: Rickmansworth man ‘elated’ to find wedding ring after losing it in Grand Union canal

 Published on: 18th May 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man from Rickmansworth is ecstatic to have his wedding ring back safely after an accident that saw the sentimental item fall into the murky waters of the Grand Union canal.

Ben Ricketts was attending a networking event with BNI Hertfordshire South when he gestured with his hands and his wedding ring flew off into the water much to his horror.

He told RickyNews: “I thought it was gone forever, I lost some weight during the lockdown and have had a few close calls with it as the ring is loose, but it’s never flown off like that before. 

“When I lost it I was gutted, I called my wife immediately to explain what had happened and told her I would sort it out. When I got home I searched the internet for ways to retrieve things from a canal.”

Ben came across a blog about a woman who had a ring recovered from the River Thames by a diving company and decided to get in contact with Martin Weddell, Co-Owner of Dive Crew in Berkshire, to see if he could help.

Martin said: “We get calls at the time to help retrieve valuable items like jewellery and iPhones. There is no guarantee but I was happy to give it a go. 

“Ben pointed to the rough area where his ring had fallen and there was a strong oscillating current which made getting in and out difficult. Luckily, the sun came out and I saw the glint of the ring under the water.”

Ben added: “It was an amazing feeling when I saw Martin had the ring, it was so worth the investment of getting him out to retrieve it. The sentimental value was the most important thing and all the memories that come with it. I am elated to have it back and my wife is so relieved.”

Ben is a local financial adviser who helps residents save tax, grow wealth and protect against risk. For more information on his services visit: partnership.sjp.co.uk/partner/benrickettswealth

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