Dredging Up The Past
A former professional diver has been reunited with his cherished diving watch, 18 months after he lost it when he fell into the River Orwell. 75 year old Sam Brown was given the Rolex Sea Dweller by his wife for his 50th birthday on the day his son was christened. Mr Brown’s wife, Camilla Herrman, said “It was one of the best presents I’ve ever given him. It’s engraved on the back, saying ‘to Sam from Camilla, with love and thanks’. It was not just a nice watch, but something that had quite a lot of significance on different levels”. Mr Brown, who suffered from a stroke three years ago which has affected his speech and mobility, lost the wristwatch when he fell into the river while walking on a jetty to his boat. Ms Herrman added “I normally wheel him, but it was a nice morning and he wanted to walk. He dropped his walking stick and he bent down to pick it up and he just kept on bending”.
Mr Brown was taken to hospital and has since made a full recovery from his fall, but understandably he remained upset about the loss of his wristwatch. “It was just sad. The most important thing though was that Sam was still with us” said Ms Herrman. Then 18 months later after the annual dredging of the silt at the Suffolk Yacht Club where Mr Brown had his fall, the couple received a telephone call. It was from someone who had been checking what the dredger had pumped. Ms Herrman continued “I was stunned into silence, I didn’t know what to say. It was absolutely extraordinary. He recognised it by the engraving on the back and managed to track us down…I can’t tell you how pleased he is. He was just wreathed in smiles when he got it. He was going around saying ‘I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it’. He was more than touched”.