Lake Travis is THE place to be right now. Sunshine, a full lake and long summer days. Your bright blue lake has been hopping for weeks. But as you know, fun in the lake can also lead to unfortunate mistakes like dropping your iPhone into the murky depths.
Or dropping your Yeti. Or losing your Apple Watch or your car keys. Or, even worse, a diamond ring. But what if you lost a wedding band, fellas. Do you think you’d ever find that again?
Well, you just might with help from Lake Travis Scuba. Think of them as our aquatic Ghostbusters — who ya gonna call?
We’ve covered stories in the past where divers recovered all sorts of lost treasure. Back in 2016, Lake Travis Scuba owner said they found about $73,000 worth of items. The most popular lost item at that time being designer sunglasses. So far this year, they’re at $42,876.26 in treasure value.
Most recently, a diver recovered an heirloom ring from a couple that was vacationing here from Philadelphia. The husband lost his wedding band swimming in Lake Travis. The ring was a family heirloom given to him by his wife. It had belonged to her father, who passed away unexpectedly a few years ago.
As the story goes, the couple lost the ring somewhere in Devil’s Cove. They were distraught and desperate to find it. Their boat guide referred them to Lake Travis Scuba. So imagine for a moment losing a wedding band in Devil’s Cove. Think about all of the boats that are always going in and out of that cove and dropping anchor along the way.
For those of us that live here on Lake Travis, we would’ve chalked it up to a sad, yet permanent loss of a special item. For this couple, they figured maybe it could be recovered. And sure enough, it was.
According to KXAN, here’s how the event unfolded:
On Tuesday Weiss brought Igor Povsnar, a commercial diver, to the spot in the lake. Povsnar suited up, went down and spent 65 minutes looking for the gold-and-silver wedding band.
“I basically did a whole bottom sweep, like 360 degrees,” he said. “I proceeded with a second sweep, and, on the second sweep, I was able to find it.”
Povsnar said he located the ring amid mud and debris about 40 feet from the location marked by the Goldenbergs. He brought it to the surface, where Weiss described the discovery as “mindblowing.”
But Lake Travis Scuba isn’t just about unearthing lost treasures like lost Aggie Rings and prescription glasses. They are involved in all sorts of important initiatives in the Lake Travis area like underwater cleanup efforts. In May, they reminded us not to trash our beautiful lake with cans, Solo cups, and lids. Sadly, many of us need that reminder.
The good news is, if you lose something valuable in Lake Travis, you know who to call.
Have you dropped a valuable item into the waters of Lake Travis and found it? Let us know in the comments section on our Facebook page.