Lucky divers strike gold in search for lost bracelet

Date: Monday 7th August 2017
Penrith diver Katie Treave presents Carol Martin with her lost bracelet with (left to right) Penrith diver David Bell, George Smith, wedding co-ordinator, and wedding photographer Luiza Oliver looking on
Penrith diver Katie Treave presents Carol Martin with her lost bracelet with (left to right) Penrith diver David Bell, George Smith, wedding co-ordinator, and wedding photographer Luiza Oliver looking on

A MOTHER-of-the-groom who lost a family heirloom bracelet in Ullswater had it returned against the odds thanks to the efforts of Penrith Divers.

Carol Martin, of Newcastle, whose son Kris married Tracy Freeman at the Inn on the Lake, Glenridding, last month, thought she would never see her late mother’s inch-wide gold bracelet again.

The valuable piece with added sentimental value slipped from her wrist and into the water while photographs were being taken on the jetty at the hotel.

Carol’s husband waded in to try to find it, but to no avail. It was then that photographer Luiza Oliver stepped in and said she would contact Penrith Divers to see if they could help.

The amateur diving club members regularly dive in Ullswater and David Bell and Katie Treave agreed to assist after gaining permission from the hotel.

Katie found the ribbon-style bracelet within minutes of getting in the water after being given a good description of where it was dropped.

David, who is secretary of Penrith Divers, said: “The area was very weedy and the bottom of the lake, as we know, is very silty, so we knew we had to be careful as we descended.

“Starting from either side of the area and planning to meet, Katie dived and at about 3.5 meters very fortunately dropped almost on the bracelet, caught in the weed just above the silt.

“From surface to bracelet and connecting with me was probably no more than two minutes. We did not believe we could be so lucky. Within 30 minutes we were out of our wet suits,” she said.

Mrs. Martin said she was extremely grateful for the divers’ efforts, and admitted she never expected to see the bracelet again.

She said: “I hadn’t worn it since my mother died in 2003, or perhaps at my daughter’s wedding. It has sentimental value, so I sort of wore it so that my mother was at the wedding, really.

“I was devastated and didn’t think it would be found, so when they told me the divers had found it I was stunned.”

Mrs. Martin was so grateful that she and her family made a special trip back to Ullswater to thank David and Katie, and so that they could return the bracelet in person.