Saturday 16 December 2017

Optician proves a real specs saver

Nick King, right, from Specsavers, dived into Swansea Marina to retrieve the specs of fisherman Mike Richardson, left
Nick King, right, from Specsavers, dived into Swansea Marina to retrieve the specs of fisherman Mike Richardson, left

Fisherman Mike Richardson thought his specs were gone for good when they slipped from his nose and disappeared into a murky sea.

But within hours he had them back after an optician with a passion for diving went to exceptional depths for customer service.

Mr Richardson, 69, of Pocketts Warf, Swansea, South Wales, was working on a friend's boat in the city's marina when he dropped his £250 prescription glasses in the sea.

Two hours later he was stunned when Specsavers optician Nick King turned up and promptly changed into full diving gear. He then went overboard in his customer service and stunned curious onlookers by locating the lost glasses.

"When my glasses fell into the water I really didn't think I'd see them again," Mr Richardson said. "I thought I'd have to find the money to buy a new pair, but luckily my friend knew Nick and called him for advice."

He added: "We thought he'd never find them because it's very murky water down there and the frames are dark so they'd have been extremely hard to see.

"After five minutes there were quite a few people gathered at the scene to watch and we were all amazed when Nick came up from the freezing water with my glasses. No-one could believe it when we found out that Nick was actually an optician from the local Specsavers."

Mr King spent five years as a commercial diver, working as an HSE III qualified British Sub-Aqua Club national instructor before becoming an optometrist. He was able to draw on 31 years of experience to plunge into the depths and find the lost specs 20ft under water.

"I've always had a passion for diving and when I heard about Mike's predicament I couldn't resist helping him out," Mr King said.

"I have dived all over the world, including places like the Mediterranean, Middle East, Far East, Caribbean and Pacific, but I'd say that my dive in Swansea's Marina was really quite unique, as I was able to use my diving skills to help a Specsavers patient in such an exceptional way."

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