Metal detector ends frantic search for dad's wedding ring
WHEN Kent Waters proposed to his wife Jasmine he saw the initial surprise turn to happiness before he heard the signature "yes".
This morning it was his turn to be on the receiving end of the same ring being handed to him.
Wind the clock back 12 hours and his state of mind was one of panic.
He was pushing his children on the swings at Cotton Tree Park when his ring slipped off his finger and disappeared.
He and his friends began a frantic search to no avail.
Fortunately, luck was on Mr Waters' side in the form of Beau Da Pra and his metal detector.
"I actually think he didn't have much hope. He'd been searching for an hour, scampering around in the dark," Mr Da Pra said.
"It was getting dark and he gave up looking last night. He was shattered, he was a bit watery-eyed.
"But within 15 minutes I found it, six or eight inches deep in the sand.
"It must have flung off as he was pushing his kids on the swings and it popped off.
"Then I think he was digging around and made it go deeper."
The Waters, who have only been married two weeks, had basically accepted they would be forced to buy a replacement ring.
"I was panicking, really stressed," Mr Waters said.
"I felt the ring go flying and because it was so dark we couldn't see it.
"We were pretty desperate, searching by torchlight.
"Luckily we put something up on Facebook and Beau helped us out."
Many wives would have berated their hubby for losing such a valuable item but Mrs Waters was understanding.
"These things happen sometimes," she said.
It's not the first time his services have come to the aid of someone in distress - and not just for the standard lost car keys.
"About a year ago I helped a lady find her diamond earring in the surf in Coolum," he said.
"She was from Chile and I think it was a gold, 18 carat diamond earring. So quite valuable, obviously.
"I have my metal detector but also use scuba gear in case it is lost in deep water.
"Items are typically recovered within one or two hours for a $40 callout fee, $50 for scuba work. The first hour is free and if your item is not recovered you only pay the callout fee."