Friday 30 September 2016

Fiancee's delight as police divers recover engagement ring from Bristol harbour

Published 22/07/2016 | 16:11

Police divers with Nicola Hazell after they found her engagement ring while on a training exercise in Bristol docks (PS Nick Owen/Avon and Somerset Police/PA)
Police divers with Nicola Hazell after they found her engagement ring while on a training exercise in Bristol docks (PS Nick Owen/Avon and Somerset Police/PA)

A bride-to-be has told of her delight after police divers recovered the engagement ring she dropped in a harbour two weeks earlier.

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Nicola Hazell contacted Bristol Harbour Authority on Twitter after losing her silver solitaire ring while out rowing in Bristol docks on July 9.

The harbour master spotted Avon and Somerset Police's dive team on a training exercise there on Friday and challenged them to find the ring.

They began searching for the engagement ring at 9.30am and had reunited a delighted Miss Hazell with it just hours later.

She tweeted at 12.03pm: "Thank you SO much @ASPolice I can't believe you've reunited me with my engagement ring!! #herosindrysuits #SOhappy"

A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "Our dive team have reunited a lost engagement ring with its happy owner.

" They were on a training exercise this morning in ‪Bristol‬ docks when the harbour master mentioned that Nicola Hazel had lost her engagement ring two weeks prior whilst out rowing.

"He set the challenge and as part of their training, the lads set to and came up trumps.

"They have reunited the ring with a very happy Nicola who is getting married soon."

Sergeant Nick Evans, leading the team, posted on Twitter: "Finding the ring equates to looking for a pin head in a football stadium #nojobtoosmall".

He said: "We are delighted to have found it for Nicola. We can't do this for everyone obviously, but we were here training anyway and we spend a lot of time looking for stolen property and other items, so it was a good challenge for the team."

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