Diamonds are forever
By IAN THOMSON
IN a remarkable turn of events, an expensive diamond engagement ring is being returned to its rightful owner after tearfully being given up for lost at Yamba almost five months ago.
Mandy Wilson, who was honeymooning at Yamba with husband Brendan Greaney after their wedding in Queensland, lost the ring at Main Beach on January 5.
Understandably, the loss of the $3000 ring was devastating. Mandy was shaken and in tears.
Husband Brendan enlisted the help of on-duty lifesavers who searched the immediate area.
Mr Greaney was then directed to Yamba resident Gordon Williams, a mean hand with a metal detector. He scoured the beach for about three hours, and returned the next evening with his son Guy ? also armed with a metal detector ? for another go.
Again, no luck.
The newlyweds returned to their home in Melbourne lamenting the loss, while lifeguards entered the sad event in their daily report form. End of story, or so everyone thought.
But just over a week ago Derek Hig- gins of Grafton, with yet another metal detector, got a big buzz while searching for coins on Yamba's Main Beach.
He had found a white gold diamond ring under 10 centimetres of sand in the centre of the beach.
He brought the find into The Daily Examiner for a photograph and story before handing in the ring to Grafton police.
After reading the story, dozens of people rang this newspaper, wondering if there was a link between Mandy Wilson's loss and the recent find. Yamba lifeguard Andrew Lollback, who'd entered the initial loss in his log book, rang Mandy Wilson in Melbourne and told her of the find. Mandy rang Grafton police and, Bingo! The ring that had been off her finger for five months, was found.