The couple feels "forever indebted" to them.
Michael and Courtney Chenkus had given up all hope of finding Michael’s lost wedding ring, an heirloom gold band that belonged to his father and had been in the family for almost 50 years.
While on vacation in Florida on Thursday, August 3, the couple was playing catch in the Gulf on Indian Rocks Beach when a crashing wave hit Michael’s hand, causing the ring to slip from his finger.
"They [family] were heartbroken," said Michael, in a video courtesy of CNN. “I felt absolutely awful. We needed to get this ring back."
Both Michael and Courtney attempted to search for the ring themselves, but when they couldn’t find it, they turned to the Internet and the Suncoast Research and Recovery Club in St. Petersburg. The group is adept at hunting for small objects with their metal detectors and were able to locate the ring within 30 minutes, just a few feet from where it fell off. In the same CNN video, you’ll see Michael’s reaction caught on camera by his wife.
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Not only does the Suncoast Research and Recovery Club beachcomb for free, but to date, the organization has returned more than 440 lost items, according to KRON 4.