Family heirloom found after six weeks of sewage pipe searching

Californian Sanitation Workers Recover Priceless Family Heirloom
Californian Sanitation Workers Recover Priceless Family Heirloom

A Californian family has something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season after sanitation workers managed to find a priceless family heirloom in a sewage pipe.

More than a month and a half ago, Mehvish Tapal's three year old son was playing with his mother's diamond and sapphire ring when he purposely flushed it down the toilet. According to KTVU, the ring had been in her husband's family for more than 60 years.

The Tapals first called a plumber to put a camera down the drain, and after shelling out four hundred dollars for his services they still hadn't found the ring.

So they called the Union Sanitation Department who after six weeks of searching managed to locate the ring some 1,700 feet away from their home.

"It's like a needle in a haystack," Shawn Nesgis, a wastewater collection supervisor with Union Sanitation District, told KTVU. "This (find) is a rarity. I've been here 20 years and this is the second that I know of."

Mehvish says that she plans to hand the ring down to her son, but she's going to wait until he's older and out of the whole "throwing things into the toilet" stage.

The Tapals aren't the only family to lose a ring this past October. On Halloween, Arizona resident Brooklyn Yazzie accidentally gave her wedding ring to a trick-or-treater. Unlike the Tapals, Yazzie hasn't been able to locate it. While she's obviously devastated,somewhere out there is one happy trick-or-treater.

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