HAMPTON, NH (AP) — A Massachusetts woman’s diamond wedding ring, a family heirloom, is back on her finger after a man with a metal detector answered her call for help on the social networks and found it at the bottom of the ocean.
Francesca Teal told the Boston Globe that she was playing soccer with her husband this month at North Beach in Hampton, New Hampshire, when the ring that once belonged to her great-grandmother slipped off her finger.
They couldn’t find the ring in the water after hours of searching, the 29-year-old from Groveland said.
Teal posted about the ordeal on Facebook and asked anyone who might be going to the beach with a metal detector to be on the lookout. Her post was shared thousands of times and caught the attention of a man named Lou Asci.
Asci, 60, from Marshfield, donned a wetsuit and headlamp and went into the water looking for the ring with his metal detector. The first two days he went looking, he was unlucky.
“I don’t take failure very well,” Asci told the newspaper. “I wanted to go back and give him one last chance.”
That’s when he found the ring buried under the sandy ocean floor, he said. He sent a photo to Teal, writing in a message: “Please tell me this is the ring so I can finally leave this beach.”
Asci returned the ring to Teal’s house and her husband knelt down to put it back on her finger.
“I have been so overwhelmed by the friendliness of strangers this past week,” Teal wrote on Facebook. “It was so amazing to witness humanity in this positive way and it brought so much faith to me and others.”