Fri­day 13th lucky for swim­mer as pool staff re­cover his wed­ding ring

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - News - BY JON HEBDITCH

An Aberdeen man has thanked swim­ming pool staff who found his wed­ding ring – more than three weeks af­ter he lost in the deep end.

Peter Mitchell had “given up hope” of ever see­ing his £700 gold band again, and had even con­tacted a jew­eller about a re­place­ment, af­ter los­ing it on his daily dip at RGU Sport on De­cem­ber 22.

The sprightly 74-yearold tries to swim ev­ery day to lose weight.

How­ever, his aquatic proved rather too suc­cess­ful with his ring it ef­forts com­ing loose on his fin­ger and slip­ping off while he swam.

The for­mer Press and Jour­nal writer did not re­alise it had come off un­til around 6pm while read­ing the day’s pa­per.

He said: “I looked down and no­ticed it was gone and went into a bit of a panic, turn­ing the house up­side down look­ing for it and re­trac­ing my steps through town.

“I’d given up hope of see­ing it again when to­day, on Fri­day the 13th of all days, I got a call from the won­der­ful staff at RGU telling me they had re­cov­ered it.

“It’s ab­so­lutely amaz­ing, I can’t thank them enough.”

Han­nah Les­lie, op­er­a­tions de­vel­op­ment man­ager at RGU Sport, said: “We were de­lighted to be able to help Peter and re­turn his wed­ding ring to him.

“All of our in­struc­tors and staff mem­bers are proud to play a part in im­prov­ing the health and well­be­ing of peo­ple in the north-east and the feed­back we have re­ceived from Peter has brought a smile to all of our faces.”

“I’d given up hope of see­ing it again”

SWIM­MING GOLD: Peter Mitchell re­united with the wed­ding ring he lost in the RGU pool on De­cem­ber 22. It was found by Naomi Shep­herd, left, with col­leagues David Walker and Becki Fal­coner.

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