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 replaced the wedding ring with a $50 one after losing it. (Submitted by Noel Nissen)

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.

Noel said the ring came back in near perfect condition after being in the water for 17 years. (Submitted by Noel Nissen)

« 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.

The sentimental ring was returned days before the couple’s 20th wedding anniversary. (Submitted by Noel Nissen)

« 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.


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