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'Local love' finds lost ring

An Alberta family is thankful for an outpouring of “local love” in Penticton, after a stranger helped them recover a lost wedding band at Skaha Lake Park Beach.

Angi Gerrie, husband Kyle and their kids are visiting the city from Alberta for the week. Shortly after they arrived at the beach on Sunday, Angi handed her husband her wedding band while she applied sunscreen.

“When I asked him to give it back. He reached into his pocket right as our son threw a football, and the ring just went flying,” she said.

The family searched for the ring for hours, and bought a cheap metal detector from a local store, but had no luck. A friend back in Alberta, who is a Naramata native, suggested Angi reach out to the Okanagan Treasure Hunters Club.

She found the metal-detecting hobbyist group on Facebook and posted her plea. Early Monday morning, while Kyle was at the beach looking for the ring, group member and Penticton resident Dianne McKeown reached out to help.

“She met my husband at the beach, with her amazing metal detector,” Angi explained.

It took about 45 minutes to locate the ring, under eight inches of water, which explains why the cheap metal detector couldn’t find it, according to McKeown.

“It’s nice when you can help somebody out...help out the visitors that are here,” McKeown said “She was really upset.”

Angi said she cried and hugged McKeown when she and her husband brought it to the home they were staying at on Monday morning.

“I was like, I’ll never see it again. I was very sad — its my wedding band. I felt stupid for taking it to the beach. It was a miracle,” she said.

Other members of the Okanagan Treasure Hunters Club reached out with offers of help, from as far away as Kelowna.

“We are so thankful and grateful,” she said. “It’s just amazing local love. I love it.”

McKeown says their club holds monthly meetings at the Penticton Library, attended by members from across the Valley. She estimates they have about 80 members, many of them retirees like her. More information on the group can be found on Facebook



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