How GoPro helped find lost ring

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How GoPro helped find lost ring

Tales of lost jewellery recovered through diver searches may be familiar, but a recent twist in the Cayman Islands was the application of technology in the form of a camcorder.

Visiting diver Jessica Pasquarelli realised that her wedding ring was missing after returning from a dive on the USS Kittiwake wreck off Grand Cayman, according to a report in the Cayman Compass.

Pasquarelli assumed that her ring had been lost for good on the 77m-long wreck, but fortunately instructor Mark Rowe from Divetech, the centre that had organised the dive, had been asked to capture her entire dive on a GoPro.

He encouraged her to go through the footage in the hope of narrowing down the search area.

Following his advice, Pasquarelli spotted that the ring had been on her finger when she swam into one of the ship’s recompression chambers, but missing when she emerged. The next day an instructor dived the wreck and found the ring lodged beneath floor-plates in the chamber.

“Words cannot explain how much I appreciate them and how they went above and beyond for a customer’s ring that was lost in the ocean. This is proof that there are still good people in the world who truly care,” said Pasquarelli.

“It was great that we had the GoPro footage to find it,” Divetech owner Joanna Mikutowicz told the paper. “We’ve had people lose wedding rings and cameras and flashlights before, but we have never been able to find them for them.”

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