Diamond ring down the drain; woman finds unlikely help

Tequesta woman's ring slips into bathtub drain

TEQUESTA, Fla. - When Shannon Harrigan gives her young son a bath, it can be an adventure. But this week, bath time turned into a nightmare.

"I saw it slip off and I saw it slip into the drain," Shannon said, speaking about her diamond engagement ring.

She and her family recently moved to Florida from Chicago. She says this state's humidity was making her fingers swell, so she moved her ring to her 'pinky' finger.

"It was something that was obviously precious and priceless to me," she said. It had gone down the drain and Shannon thought it was gone forever.

A few days later, a crew from the Loxahatchee River District pulled up to clean the sewer lines near Shannon's house. She told them to 'keep an eye out' for her missing ring.

Worker Ryan Robertson decided he could help. He put his team and his equipment to work. "It was like finding a needle in a haystack," said Robertson. "I didn't think we had a chance to find it."

All of the sand - and even sewage - the crew sucked out of the sewer lines was hauled back to their plant and dumped. Robertson grabbed a rake and started sifting through the debris. After about an hour, he was just about ready to give up.

"I was raking through the pile and I took a stroke and it was sitting right on top of the next spot," said Robertson. "I said 'no way did we just find this'."

Lost then found - and then sanitized - Robertson drove the ring right back to Shannon's house.

"He pulled it out of his pocket and said 'Does it look like this?' And I started crying," she said. "I was really taken by just the kindness and the time that they spent listening to the story."

"I just know how my wife would feel if she lost, so I figured we'd give it the best shot we could," said Robertson.

Shannon - who has been married for five years - says her husband was also very happy the ring was found.  

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