PUBLISHED: 14:31 30 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:45 16 August 2010
A MAN who lost a valuable ring the first time he ever played with snow has had it returned by the family of treasure seekers. Rhagav Wahi, an IT
A MAN who lost a valuable ring the first time he ever played with snow has had it returned by the family of treasure seekers.
Rhagav Wahi, an IT manager of Westmoreland Road, Bromley, made a plea on the internet for metal detector fans to help after his brother-in-law, Dhiraj, lost his ring during a snowball fight in their back garden.
Dhiraj had only just flown to the UK from New Delhi, India, for Christmas and had never seen or touched snow before.
Frantic attempts to find the ring on their hands and knees had proved fruitless so they contacted the UK Detector Net forum.
Just nine minutes later enthusiasts Nigel Davison and children Jake and Libby, from Croydon, answered the plea for help. They had been just about to set off to Bromley to do some last-minute Christmas shopping. But armed with two detectors they made their way hastily over to the house for the hunt.
Mr Davison said: "I was just about to switch off my computer when the email alert came through, any later and we would have missed it.
"After a couple of hours searching the light was starting to fail and we were about to give up when I heard a beep on my detector.
"I flipped over some ice and there it was. As you can imagine, the gentleman was ecstatic and started hugging everyone, re-enacting the snow fight and how the ring had slipped off his finger."
Mr Wahi and wife Sakshu invited the victorious treasure seekers to stay for a sumptuous, celebratory Indian meal and gave the Davison family a boxed Christmas cake and chocolate.
Mr Davison said: "They are a charming family and we feel like we've made some new friends.
"I am so glad that Dhiraj can now enjoy his holiday without this mishap on his mind. It has made this Christmas very special."
Mr Wahi who said he felt his relative's stay was jinxed from the start after Qatar Airways misplaced his luggage, added: "I don't know how to thank Mr Davison and his children enough."
Jake Davison, 13 and dad Nigel, 46, only started metal detecting a year ago with the Surrey Searchers club. On Jake's first ever search in Leigh, Surrey, he found a Roman coin within two minutes.
Brian Cross, UK Detector Net site administrator, said: "Thanks to Nigel for responding so quickly and efficiently. It was a great result and he is a credit to the hobby."