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PHOTOS: Meet the metal detectors finding lost valuables in Cornwall


Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:45am 16th September 2018. (Updated at 9:03am 16th September 2018)

Imagine being reunited with your wedding ring 10 days after you lost it surfing.

Well, for Robin from North Pethwerwin that is exactly what happened.

A group of volunteers in Launceston assembled with their metal detectors to help find the precious band.

The team are part of a club called Launceston Detectorists, set up in May for local metal detecting enthusiasts.

These are the Launceston Detectorists - the group helping to reunite people with their lost possessions in north Cornwall

Robin had been surfing at Widemouth Bay when he realised he no longer had his wedding ring.

10 days went by before he contacted the team of detectorists because he did not realise they existed.

Rik and David from the group spent over two hours looking in his garden and in the grass verge opposite Black Rock Cafe.

The Chairman of the group, Rik Jones, got on his hands and knees with a small pin pointer to find it.

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Detectorist Rik was on his hands and knees when he found Robin's wedding ring, that had been lost for 10 days

"When I found the ring, I was over the moon about it. I turned around to him still on my knees and said would this happen to be your ring, he held his wedding finger out and I just slid it on.

"I felt like I was marrying him I really did. The look on his face was worth everything, just amazing.

 "I was over the moon that I'd found it for him, ten days it had been there people had been walking over it driving over it and everything so to find it and give it back to the rightful owner was just great.

"He said how can I repay you but we don't need repaying for it, people want to donate to our club then by all means do so but we just enjoy metal detecting and if we can help then that's enough.

"The look on his face he was overwhelmed it and just so thrilled that we'd found it, course I was chuffed to bits that I found it and it's just so good to be able to help people out".

Chairman Rik Jones

The Launceston Detectorists is a service offered by volunteers but they do accept donations to the club

The team have spent hours detecting in their search to reunite people with their prize possessions.

Their skills helped find another wedding ring earlier this year - this time dropped in a haystack.

On another occasion, they spent three hours in the rain as it was getting dark searching for a woman's car keys.

As luck would have it, that they were later handed in to the nearby leisure centre.

"We enjoy it so much we thought we’d just try and help people who have lost things.

"There will be times where we don't find something for them and we'll walk away feeling disappointed but we can only give it our best shot".

Chairman Rik Jones

Launceston Detectorists are spreading the word in the hope they can help reunite more people with their precious items.

You can find the group on Facebook.

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