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'Metal Millsy' Knight in shining armour finds missing rings on Kerry beach

Rachael admitted she had given up hope of ever recovering the rings, and revealed that Steven's success had come in the nick of time as the tide was about to come in which would have seen the rings swept out to sea

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Steven Mills

Steven Mills

Steven Mills

Meet Metal Millsy the knight in shining armour who, armed with just his trusty metal detector, rode to the rescue of a damsel in distress after she had lost three priceless pieces of jewellery when out for a walk on an isolated beach.

The drama unfolded on Fenit beach in Kerry, on April 24th, when Tralee teacher Rachael Brassil Makenzie dropped her engagement, marriage and eternity rings while out for a walk and despite hours of frantic searching was unable to locate them.

In desperation Rachael got her friend broadcaster Elaine Kinsella to put out an appeal on her local radio show and as luck would have it Steven Mills from Killorglin was listening in and happened to own a metal detector.

He recalled yesterday, 'I got in touch after I heard the appeal on the radio and Rachael told me that they had pulled off a smart move and laid down a ring of stones in the general area of where she dropped them.

'That was a huge help as it meant I didn't have to scour around the whole beach, she rang me early on the Sunday morning, the day after she lost them, so I hopped in the car and went straight down.

'They had been looking for hours the previous day and I ended up finding them in around eight minutes and that was even after we had a false alarm when I found a piece of tinfoil.

'The rings were probably the three most sentimental pieces of jewellery that she'd ever owned, so it was great to be able to find them for her. It's definitely the biggest and most important find I've ever made and will probably make'.

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Rachael Makenzie

Rachael Makenzie

Rachael Makenzie

 

Rachael admitted she had given up hope of ever recovering the rings, and revealed that Steven's success had come in the nick of time as the tide was about to come in which would have seen the rings swept out to sea.

She said, 'Two of them were actually down deep in the sand and the other one was up on the surface and it was under seaweed.

'When we got there on Sunday, the tide was just coming in to where we were searching, we could see the mark of the water just about a foot away.

'It's such a relief because the memories attached to them means they would be impossible to replace.'

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Incredibly Steven's searching wasn't done for the day even after he found the precious baubles.

He said, 'Three young lads were hovering around watching us and when I finished one of them came up and asked could I look for his mobile phone as he was after dropping it.

'He brought me down to where it had fallen out of his pocket and I found it for him in a couple of minutes, it was a busy morning but a rewarding one.'
 

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