On October 19th, a friend of Kristin Deaton of Jupiter, Florida was in town visiting after the unexpected passing of her mother, and accidentally dropped a very sentimental ring into the intracoastal at the marina behind U-Tiki Beach.
“This is the longest of long shots, but I believe in the good in people, and I need people to please SHARE this.” Deaton wrote on Facebook, “If anyone in the Jupiter area finds this VERY sentimental ring, PLEASE contact me. Yes, I’m aware it will probably take divers to recover it at this point, but in the off chance that it washes up somewhere, or is found, I will absolutely pay a reward. PLEASE SHARE in hopes that we can find this precious ring for our sweet friend!”
The same day, an admin of the Facebook group “Jupiter Locals” saw the post, and shared it to the group’s page where it was seen by over 4,800 people and shared over 370 times.
In true neighborly Jupiter fashion, lots of people offered to help, and two local men took action to find the ring, weather permitting, two days later.
“I felt so bad for the lady and figured it wouldn’t hurt to try to help." Jupiter local Tripp Wagner said, "I grabbed my metal detector and called someone I know who always comes through – Captain Mike Bischoff. He’s an awesome guy and always down to help people. Of course, he showed up with a boat and the dive gear. Mike and I went out there at slack tide and literally found the ring within minutes!”
Capt. Bischoff is a 3rd generation Jupiter local, and Tripp Wagner moved to Jupiter in 1988. They both have been diving their whole lives, and Wagner treasure hunts regularly where he finds shipwreck coins. Oddly enough, this was the first time he actually found something because of the metal detector.
The Jupiter Locals Private Facebook Group was created for people who reside in Jupiter, Florida as a resource to connect with neighbors. While social media may be turbulent lately, this is a fine example of how it can be used for good. Remember to help others whenever you have the chance!