Kelowna man’s wedding ring lost for 17 years returned days before milestone birthday
A man from Kelowna, British Columbia, says he never expected to see his wedding ring again after losing it on the Pentiction Channel nearly two decades ago.
Penticton RCMP released a statement last month saying they were looking for a couple named Stephanie and Noel after a local resident found the ring while swimming in the canal and turned it over to police .
« My stepfather contacted me. He had seen an article on another news site and sent it to me saying, ‘Is this yours?' » Noel Nissen told CBC News.
« I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s totally up to us,’ but that ring was lost so long ago. I was completely in shock.
Noel said he lost the ring 17 years ago, while on a summer trip with their friends just a few years after they got married.
« We had been floating down the canal with some friends of ours and…we were on our way to the car when I realized my ring was missing, » he said.
Noel said he panicked, but there was nothing more he could do.
« There’s really nothing you can do about it. We weren’t necessarily going to search the channel, so we were like, ‘Okay, well, that’s what it is, and here we go. « »
He ended up replacing it with another one at a fraction of the price.
« I ended up buying another ring that was $50…and that ring lasted 17 years. »
He said the lost piece of jewelry returned in near-perfect condition and just in time for their 20th wedding anniversary.
« You wouldn’t believe how good it is after 17 years in the canal. I would have thought for sure that it would have been worn down from years of water and sand covering it. »
To celebrate their milestone anniversary, Noel said they’re going on a family trip this spring and maybe a romantic getaway for two next year.
« We don’t have that many kids around…so it’s a new chapter and that [ring] celebrate that for us. In sickness and in health, for better and for worse. »
He said they would like to thank the swimmer who found the ring and turned it over to police.
« The person who returned the ring did so anonymously. We would have loved to thank them properly. »
Penticton RCMP say they are happy with the role they and the community have been able to play in bringing the ring back.
« Happy 20! » they wrote in a statement.