Amateur metal detector Chris Bowen came to the rescue when a bride-to-be lost her engagement ring in a duck pond at Pontefract’s King’s Croft Hotel.
Chris – who was working as a joiner at the hotel – stepped in to help when Suzie Smith, 22, lost the £4,000 ring after deciding to take a dip in the pond while at a family wedding reception last month.
Miss Smith said: “We were at my fiance Ryan Fascione’s cousin’s wedding and had been drinking all day and night.
“For some reason we decided to go for a swim in the pond because it was all lit up and looked really pretty.
“But I pulled my hand out of the water and my ring had gone.”
“I was crying all that night and asking Ryan if he still wanted to marry me.”
Mr Bowen, from South Elmsall, heard about the lost ring and asked hotel management if he could use his metal detecting equipment to look for it.
He said: “I fetched all my gear to work and went into the pond to look for the ring.
“Within about 15 minutes I had found it and told the hotel staff.
“They couldn’t believe it and after checking that it definitely belonged to the couple we arranged to meet so I could give it back to them.
“As it is worth so much the hotel checked its CCTV to confirm it was Suzie’s.”
Miss Smith said she never thought she would get the ring back. She added: “It means everything to me to have the ring back. It’s amazing. ”
The couple are due to get married at St James’ Church in Seacroft, Leeds next August.
Mr Fascione, 31, said: “We just can’t believe we’ve got the ring back, we never thought we would. We can’t thank Chris enough for what he’s done.”