brotherThe 86-year-old woman’s neighbor used a metal detector on a grassland of thousands of square meters for three days to find the ring that was lost 50 years ago.
Fifty years ago, 86-year-old Peggy MacSween dropped her wedding ring while harvesting potatoes in her own garden on the island of Benbecula in western Scotland.
“I shook the sand off my gloves and the ring was gone. I didn’t know until I got home. I went out and looked for it once or twice, but I couldn’t find it,” she said.
Her neighbor Donald MacPhee, who likes to use metal detectors, decided to help after learning about it. He spent three days searching on the sandy coastal grassland of Liniclate Machair. The area has been a gathering place for drinking for many years, causing a large number of beer cans and bottles to be buried in the ground, which interfered with the detectors.
“In three days, I searched and dug 90 holes. The problem is that the eyepiece cap or gold ring makes the same sound through the detector. I found a lot of rings, cans, and even horseshoes.” McPhee said.
“On the third day, I found the ring. I was surprised. I searched an area of 5,000 square meters. The chance of finding the ring is one in 100,000,” he explained. “There is a little technical factor, but luck is the key.”
MacPhee returned the ring to Mr. MacSwee in early December. The ring is intact and he is still wearing it.
Maxwell married her husband John in July 1958. After MacSwee lost his ring, he bought another wedding ring for his wife during a trip. John passed away a few years ago.
Hong Han (follow guardian)