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Katie's joy after £10k ring lost in sea dip resurfaces

By Laura Abernethy

Published 22/07/2016

Katie Patterson thanks George Edmunds for finding the ring
Katie Patterson thanks George Edmunds for finding the ring
Katie with George
Katie’s great grandmother, who was the original owner of the ring
The sparkler after its return from the sea

A Belfast woman thought her £10,000 ring was lost forever when she dropped it in the sea - but thanks to a specialist metal detectorist she has been reunited with the precious family heirloom.

Katie Patterson (23) lost the sparkler as she swam in the sea off Majorca on July 12 during a short break with friends.

The medical student was devastated, as the jewellery had been in her family for generations, and when she returned to her home in England she began contacting metal detectorists who might be able to help.

The Keele University student said she was unable to concentrate on her exams because she was so upset about the ring, and she was determined to get it back.

Speaking on ITV's This Morning, Katie said: "Distraught is an understatement.

"That ring just meant so much to me. It wasn't the monetary value at all.

"I had been admiring that ring on my Nana's finger since I was about five years old. She meant an awful lot to me.

"But I didn't give up hope because my Nana was always a very positive individual and I think she passed that attribute down to me. We always had a little saying to never give up."

Katie eventually found George Edmunds in from Dorset, who claimed to have found 400 pieces of jewellery before, including a wedding band.

He cut short his own holiday in Cornwall and Katie flew back out to Majorca with the retired diver and his partner to see if he could find the ring, on a trip that reportedly cost around £1,000 for the flights and accommodation.

"No one was very optimistic about me finding it and they thought I was absolutely ridiculous for going back out," she said.

"But when I eventually found George he instilled a sense of calmness in me through the confident tone of his voice.

"He said: 'I will find you this ring'." She took George to the spot where she thought she had lost it, but she knew the chances of finding the ring were slim.

George estimated that, as five days had passed, it would be about one inch below the surface of the seabed.

And using a specialist waterproof metal detector George found the ring buried in the seabed in just under an hour.

Due to the weight of the antique piece, it had sunk deeper than expected and was about three inches beneath the surface.

Katie told the ITV daytime show: "Half-an-hour came and went and I was starting to lose hope.

"I went into the water to give him a drink of water and to bring his metal detector out.

"He emptied the contents of his bum bag onto the sunbed and he had some coins that he'd found.

"He then brought out a gold wedding band with diamonds around the side and then he went into his bum bag again and said: 'I forgot to tell you I found a Mickey Mouse ring'.

"He pulled it out and it was my ring."

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