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Saturday, 8 September 2012

Ring rescued from Erie's depths

Laura Haskell and Eric Pereira had given up on ever finding the diamond engagement ring that slipped off her finger into Lake Erie's depths earlier this summer.

One can only imagine their relief when the pair found out that two members of the Chatham-Kent Metal Detecting Club - Garry Schnekenburger and Rick Pearce - actually found the ring, worth several thousand dollars, after it sat buried in the lake bottom for a month.

This saga began Aug. 1, when Haskell, 26, was playing catch in Lake Erie near Wildwood Campground. The ball hit her hand, she said, knocking the ring off into the water. To make matters worse, the windy weather was creating good-sized waves on the lake, and the ring quickly disappeared from sight.

Haskell's frantic screams quickly drew the attention of several bystanders. Soon a crowd of about 20 people were scouring the area where the ring was last seen.

"I think we were out there searching the bottom of the lake for at least four hours," she said.

Although there are plenty of other rings in the world, this was the one Pereira had slipped on Haskell's finger when he asked her to be his wife.

"It wasn't the monetary value," she said. "It was the sentimental value of it."

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