Lost ... and now she's found

2010-06-19 00:00

AFTER a week of searching for a Durban woman who had lost her ring on the beachfront, police finally tracked her down and handed over the precious ring to its ecstatic owner.

Clutching her diamond ring tightly, an excited Sarah Pillay told Weekend Witness she will never forget the kindness and determination of the police, who went beyond the call of duty to find her engagement ring.

Last Friday, just after the World Cup opening game, Pillay approached police at the Joint Operations Centre on the Durban beachfront and reported that she had lost her diamond engagement ring on a grassy area near the promenade.

Brigadier Robert Harry and members of the Tactical Response Unit sprang into action, even crawling on their hands and knees in the dark to find the ring. They suspended the search and continued the next day.

After an hour of searching, Constable Langa Mseleku found the ring under some dry grass, but by this time, there was no sign of Pillay and police feared that she would never get her ring back.

Determined to find her, Harry and his team made handwritten pamphlets with the words “Sarah, we found your ring” and distributed them to all the holiday apartments in the area.

“When I got home from work, I saw the message on their notice board. My heart almost stopped as I had given up ever seeing my ring again,” she said.

Pillay rushed over to the Joint Operations Centre and told police the ring belonged to her.

“I was so excited. I couldn’t believe that everyone had worked so hard to find my ring. It has just increased the ring’s sentimental value. I could never find the words to express my gratitude to the team,” she said.

She said her fiancé Junaid Balkaran had told her that he would buy her another ring. She feels the fact that her ring was returned to her means that there was a strong bond between her and Balkaran.

“The ring has brought us closer. It has given us a great story to tell our grandkids someday. I will wear it every day from now on,” she said.

Harry said he had sleepless nights worrying whether Pillay would be found, but refused to give up and contacted East Coast Radio and The Witness to help in search for Pillay.

“When I saw Sarah crying, I immediately thought of my daughter and how she would feel if she lost her engagement ring. I knew I had to help,” he said.

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