$3000 ring lost, but kindness saves the day
By ADRIAN MILLER
WHEN Brendan Greaney's wife Mandy came home from Yamba's Main Beach in tears during their honeymoon two weeks ago, he knew something wasn't right.
It wasn't until he calmed her down that he was able to learn what had happened ? she had lost her engagement ring in the surf.
For Mr and Mrs Greaney, who had been married less than a week, the loss of the $3000 white gold, diamond solitaire ring was devasating.
But what happened next was remarkable.
Mr Greaney enlisted the help of the on-duty lifesavers, who combed the beach looking for the ring, while he searched around town for a metal detector.
Unable to locate one, Mr Greaney found a person ? Yamba resident Gordon Williams ? who owned one and was more than happy to help search.
"I gave him a call and explained the situation and he agreed straight away to come and help me," he said.
"We met that night at low tide and we scoured the beach for two to three hours until bad light and rain forced us inside."
Unable to locate the ring, Mr Greaney returned home dejected.
But the next day, the last day of the couple's holiday at Yamba, Mr Williams offered to search again, and this time brought reinforce- ments.
"We thought that was it, but the next night Gordon went down for another look for the ring with his son Guy, who also owns a metal detector," he said.
"They found four, maybe five, hair clips, but no sign of the ring."
Even though they couldn't find the ring, Mr Greaney was in awe of the help offered from everyone involved in the search.
"While we didn't find the ring it was a great comfort to know we did everything we could to find it," he said.
"So what would have left a really sour taste in our mouths about Yamba was salvaged by the fact these people were really kind to us."