Losing the symbol of your eternal love may be stressful, to say the least, but those searching for lost wedding rings in Calgary have a special detective on their side.
Kevin Niefer is a certified ring finder. He’s armed with many metal detectors that allow him to track down missing rings for couples who have lost them.
"They're in a panic and if you don't sometimes get out there and find it right away, you might not find it," Niefer explained.
This year alone, he has helped reunite nine couples with their rings.
Just last week, Niefer got a call from a Calgary couple that would lead him to his toughest assignment to date.
Will Hoff had lost his wedding ring in the Waiparous River near Cochrane. After about an hour of searching in the fast-moving rocky river, Niefer was able to find the ring.
"Are you freaking kidding me?" Hoff exclaimed moments after Niefer plucked his ring out of the water.
Niefer says he isn't in it for the money. Although couples often compensate him for his efforts, he doesn't charge them a set amount.
"When you find it and people go ‘Oh no! I can't believe you found it!,’ That's pretty exciting, right? And to be able to return something that sentimental — that's the biggest reward," Niefer said.