Free Diver Rescues Engagement Ring From Lake Windermere

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Lake Windermere is the largest lake in Britain. Image: Lake District National Park

A free diver who volunteers at Lake Windermere has scored a wedding invite after rescuing an engagement ring that accidently was dropped into Britain’s largest lake.

Rebecca Chaukria’s ring slipped off her finger on May 29 while her photograph was being taken on a jetty with her fiancé, Viki Patel.

The water was “absolutely freezing” and he could not see through it, Patel told CNN.

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Luckily for the couple the nearby Langdale Chase hotel contacted free driver Angus Hosking, who was able to find the white gold and diamond ring after just 20 minutes.

He used an underwater metal detector to locate the missing ring.

Hosking is a “brilliant guy” Patel said and he is invited to attend the wedding in August.


Windermere is largest lake in Britain at 10.5 miles long and up to 219 feet deep in places.


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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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