Upper Shadymoor Farm in Stapleton, Shropshire is a peaceful, idyllic countryside retreat set in over 200 acres including sixteen pools.
The Sibley family had been enjoying some rest and relaxation glamping in the Dutch turn of the century inspired tented camp, when disaster struck whilst wild swimming in the lake, and a member of the party lost a beautiful diamond bracelet in the waters.
As a family heirloom holding much sentimental and monetary value, the family and site owners frantically swam down into the waters to try to find the bracelet, and tried to retrieve it with garden rakes and poles. However the fleeting glance of the bracelet was lost as the silt and mud from the bottom of the lake completely filled the water, obscuring the view and covering the bracelet in mud.
But where there is an underwater problem, there's always a scuba diving hero. Immerse School of Diving jumped into action and sped up to the farm to conduct a thorough search and recovery operation to find the bracelet for the family. Walking down to the lake, the team were greeted by the farm sheep and a stunning herd of fallow deer - a gorgeous evening for a spot of scuba diving.
Standing with bated breath, the family and farm owners stood on the jetty watching as an initial visual search was conducted. With nothing sighted, the family's initial fears were confirmed - wherever the bracelet lay, it was now covered in the dense silt and mud at the bottom and would not be located by sight.
The only option was a painstaking fingertip search. With visibility in the water dropping to zero as every inch of the lake floor was carefully examined, and the silt disturbed turning the water into a deep brown soup, the team knew that locating the bracelet would be no mean feat and would require a meticulous approach. Family members paced the jetty hoping for a positive outcome.
As the light started to drop and the search started nearing the hour point, the Sibley family were just giving up hope when Immerse School of Diving staff member Pete Vickers surfaced. Expecting a swift shake of the head, the family's relief was overwhelming when Pete removed his regulator and grinned from ear to ear. Good news! As the bracelet appeared from the water and was carefully handed back to its owner there were shrieks of joy, and the family learnt that hugging scuba divers post dive results in very soggy clothes.
Then there was just one thing left to do - a quick shower to remove mud from diving kit, and a nice rewarming cup of coffee for the team kindly supplied by farm owners Kevan and Joy. That's when we learnt that it was actually the owner's birthday, and we'd just given them one the best birthday presents for which they could have ever hoped. We headed off into the night leaving one family notably happier.
The next day we received this lovely thank you from the Sibley family: "Very many thanks for all your help in locating and retrieving my daughter's diamond bracelet from the murky waters of Shadymoor Farm Lake. You were all terrific. As the light started to go, and Peter had been in the water for over 45 minutes, I really thought that you would have to give up the search. I hadn't counted on Peter's perseverance! Thank you so much Peter for your persistence".
It just goes to show how lucky we are as scuba divers to be able to help others. Sometimes it's more predictable. For our team, often it's teaching someone to breathe underwater for the first time, or helping someone to gain confidence and experience to become a better diver. But when Pete was learning search and recovery techniques during his PADI Rescue Diver and Divemaster course, he didn't realise that one day he'd be asked to conduct a search meaning so much to others.
So whether it's your PADI Search & Recovery specialty, Rescue Diver or Divemaster course, one day it may lead you to be someone else's scuba hero too!
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