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She lost her $9,500 wedding ring in a 45-foot-deep lake. A 'merman' retrieved it for her.

Michael Pelley, also known as 'Merman Mike,' is known for retrieving people’s lost belongings underwater.

She lost her $9,500 wedding ring in a 45-foot-deep lake. A 'merman' retrieved it for her.
Cover Image Source: YouTube | Merman Mike

One incredibly lucky woman was reunited with her lost wedding ring all thanks to scuba diver Michael Pelley aka Merman Mike. Jennie Jennie recently lost her $9,500 wedding ring in Bass Lake located near Yosemite National Park. The lake is 45 feet deep and man-made, meaning that the search would be difficult. After an extensive search for ways to retrieve the precious ring, Jennie came across Pelley, who is a diver known for documenting his journeys to find and recover people’s lost belongings underwater.

For Jennie, the ring was very sentimental as she said she's been married to her partner for ten years. Pelley shared footage of searching through murky green waters for the precious ring in a July 10 video posted to his YouTube channel.


 
 
 
 
 
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“Almost immediately after I reached the bottom of the lake, I realized how difficult the search was going to be,” Pelley wrote in the caption of the YouTube video. “The silt had immediately clouded out the area and I was in almost zero visibility.” The scuba diver used an underwater metal detector, a flashlight and removed his gloves to look for the ring at the bottom of the lake. “After a while of searching I knew I had to go back up to the surface and come up with a better plan, but unlike my normal dives, I wasn't able to just slowly ascend to the surface." 


 
 
 
 
 
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Pelley said he had to do 3-minute safety stops after swimming 15 feet. After diving down at least twice during his search he was back underwater and had removed his glove to search the area with his hand. "After pulling a couple of sticks and cans out of the thick silt, I finally pulled out what I thought was going to be another bottle top or pull tab, but instead I was looking at a giant diamond! It was the wedding ring! I was beyond excited, especially because I knew how slim the odds of me actually finding it were," he wrote.

Jennie and her family were ecstatic as Pelley resurfaced with the ring. “I can’t believe it, that’s awesome,” she said, thanking Pelley. He responded, “Trust me, after seeing the bottom, I almost can’t believe it.”


 
 
 
 
 
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What's more is that Pelley went back down to clean up the space and remove garbage to dispose of it properly. “You can’t just go for the treasure, you have to go for the trash too,” he said in the video. He ended up finding sunglasses and a broken phone too. "However, finding and returning the wedding ring back to Jennie was the main goal and we were able to achieve it so I couldn't be more happy about the outcome! I hope you all enjoy the dive as well!" he concluded.



 

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