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Russian newlyweds reunited with wedding band lost in Phuket

PHUKET: Local expat and Royal Thai Police Region 8 volunteer Chris McLaren and his trusty metal detector have saved the day again – this time for a Russian newlywed couple who were in for a dismal Phuket New Year after the husband lost his 14-carat weeding ring in the sand on Patong Beach.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 2 January 2016, 04:05PM

“He lost the ring near Loma Park on Wednesday morning (Dec 30),” explained Chris. “But they spotted me and asked me to help. So we arranged to meet at 7am the next day and look then.”

Not to waste an opportunity, or time, Chris returned at low tide on Wednesday night – and found it.

“The couple were ecstatic. They come from Russia and were just married, and the two matching rings were a gift before the new year,” said Chris.

“Unfortunately that is all the details I have as they didn’t speak a word of English,” he added.

Often seen plying the sands at Patong with his metal detector, Chris finds – and returns – wedding rings and other valuables quite often.

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As recently as November, Chris made headlines after Dutchman Marco Meintsma and his wife Pleoamchit “Paow” Choaiarom paid him a special visit to say thank you for returning Marco’s lost wedding band – also lost and found on Patong Beach. (See story here.)

Chris also often finds lost anchors for the owners of the boats and jet-skis at the beach, as well as motorbike and hotel keys lost in the sand.

“I have given many back many keys to Honda in the hope the owners may come looking to buy new keys and find their lost one.

“But the joy of finding rings is seeing the look on their faces when I hand them back. It’s priceless,” he said.



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